Weekend Wrap: Corporate heavy weights prove the rise to the top can be flexible

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Making news this week, Women’s Agenda released 2015’s Part-Time Power list, profiling 26 corporate women working flexibly; community CLCs responded to the UN’s recommendations for Australia to improve human rights and a Melbourne lawyer is facing an investigation into comments he made to a child sex abuse victim.

This year’s Part-Time Power List, put together by ProfessionalMums.net, is proof that flexible workers can still have significant careers.  The list, which includes 5 lawyers, shows that the perception that part-time and flexible is a career-stunter, is slowly changing.

“It used to be that if you chose to work flexibly or part-time you were perceived as not being serious about your career and relegated to less serious roles,” said ProfessionalMums CEO, Kate Mills.

“This year’s part-time powerful people are at the top of their game running large teams and working in traditional disciplines such as mergers and acquisition.”

NACLC director of Policy and Advocacy Amanda Alford has come out in support of the UN recommendations to improve Australia’s human rights.

Alford said the recommendations send a strong message that the international community is concerned about Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

“There were a spread of recommendations for improvement made by other countries to Australia across a range of key areas,” she said.

Melbourne lawyer Alex Lewenberg is facing a potential career-ending investigation by the state’s legal watchdog over accusations he pressured a child sex abuse victim not to help police.

Lewenberg, who represented notorious Jewish paedophile David Cyprys, told a Jewish victim that Jews shouldn’t help police prosecute fellow Jews, in covertly recorded conversations, according to a report by the Herald Sun.