Don’t Compromise yourself,
you are all you’ve got.
In 1984, the Sex Discrimination Act came into force, making sex discrimination and sexual harassment across various parts of public life against the law.
The Act, which gives effect to Australia’s international human rights obligations, has played an important role in changing community attitudes and helping advance gender equality in this country.
Despite this progress, women and girls continue to experience inequality and discrimination in many important parts of their lives, which can limit the choices and opportunities available to them.
The gender equality issues in Australia:
- Women and girls make up just over half (50.7 per cent) of the Australian population.
- While women comprise roughly 47 per cent of all employees in Australia, they take home on average $251.20 less than men each week (full-time adult ordinary earnings). The national gender “pay gap” is 15.3 per cent and it has remained stuck between 15 per cent and 19 per cent for the past two decades.
- Australian women account for 68% of primary carers for older people and people with disability.
- 95% of primary parental leave (outside of the public-sector) is taken by women and women spend almost three times as much time taking care of children each day, compared to men.
- More than one in three Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence in her lifetime and one in two experiences sexual harassment.
- It is estimated that violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $22 billion in 2015-16.
Winnie Byanyima the Oxfam International, Executive Director was a guest speaker at the Progress 2017 Summit.
Top Winnie Byanyima Quotes:
“Climate change is the biggest threat to our chances of winning the fight against hunger.”
“By empowering a woman, we empower a child. By educating a girl child, we make it possible for her to grow up to become an empowered woman.”
“Another world is possible, without the 1 percent.”
Progress 2017 was an incredible event. With over 60 sessions, featuring over 200 expert speakers, there were awesome workshops, insightful panels, international keynotes and the launch of major new initiatives. There has never been a more important time for us to come together to address the increasing challenges facing Australia and the world while shaping a more capable, connected and courageous community. I was honored to be able to attend and meet Winnie Byanyima the Oxfam International, Executive Director. Winnie is a advocate and pioneer for women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building. She has co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, bilateral and multilateral organizations and chaired a UN-wide task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals on climate change.
It was a privilege to learn from the incredible speakers at the Progress 2017 Event, such as:
● Winnie Byanyima – Oxfam International, Executive Director
● Owen Jones – Guardian UK, columnist and author
● Anat Shenker Osorio – Communications expert
● Michael Whitney – Digital Fundraising Manager, Bernie 2016
● Amanda McKenzie – The Climate Council, CEO
● Rod Little – National Congress of Aust. First Peoples, Co-Chair
● Shen Narayanasamy – GetUp!, Human Rights Campaign Director
● John Falzon – St. Vincent de Paul Society, CEO
● Cassandra Goldie – ACOSS, CEO
● Kelly O’Shanassy – Australian Conservation Foundation, CEO
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