We were delighted to see Parliamentarians, Departmental Secretaries, representatives of civil society and military leaders gather together in support of gender equality at yesterday’s Parliamentary Breakfast held at Parliament House.
The event was an opportunity to celebrate the new four-year Partnership Framework Agreement between the Australian Government and UN Women, that aims to build on the shared and longstanding commitment to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. The event also marked the launch of International Women’s Day 2017 celebrations across Australia.
This year’s IWD theme – economic and political empowerment is central to making gains in international development and security. While the percentage of women represented in parliaments around the world has doubled in the last twenty years, today, just 23% of parliamentarians are women. In terms of earnings, globally, women earn 24% less than men.
It was fantastic that our country leaders joined together to discuss the importance of gender equality, not just for women but for everyone. We know that when you empower a woman, you unlock opportunities not just for one woman, but for her children, for her family, whole communities – and entire nations.
If we are to make significant strides on the road to gender equality, we must all play a part and show our support for women’s empowerment.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise funds to foster meaningful change. Join us in support and celebration this March.