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.
Elvis was presenting at the Melbourne City Mission Conference. He was talking about combating inequality and providing strategies to the audience on how they can make a difference in someone’s life by promoting equality.
Elvis is passionate about promoting gender equality through equal access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, age, disability or sexuality, including economic participation and decision-making. Elvis speaks regularly about the need to stamp out language and behaviors that perpetuates the illusion that inequality is OK. Stand up, speak out and make a difference.
Elvis alongside Melbourne City Mission created a compassion booth. The Compassion Booth project aims to raise awareness about inequality, reduce stigma surrounding the issues young people face and encourage acts of compassion from the public. Through the Compassion Booth, we hope to start conversations and form connections between Victorians, to encourage understanding between diverse groups of people and to promote a more equal and compassionate society. Our mission is to combat everyday inequalities and get people thinking about what they can do to address inequality. We hope to stimulate further engagement and create action across these various social justice issues. It is often easy to forget that these issues surrounding inequality are current, not just something we keep at the back of our minds.