LABOR SETS THE AGENDA ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2017

International Women’s Day today is in its 42nd year with the very first International Women’s Day celebrated by the United Nations in 1975.

 

This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change and focuses on World Economic Forum predictions that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186.

International Women’s Day today is in its 42nd year with the very first International Women’s Day celebrated by the United Nations in 1975.

 

This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change and focuses on World Economic Forum predictions that the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186.

 

Labor has used International Women’s Day 2017 to launch a national conversation about gender equality: Setting the Agenda.

 

Sharon Bird joined local women at the Nan Tien temple for a conference convened by the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women today.  The keynote address was provided by Jenny Macklin, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services. This was followed by a panel, which Sharon joined, discussing current issues for women and models of female leadership.  The panel of local women covered all ages and backgrounds and explored many challenges and achievements.  The conference then heard from young women from local schools who read their prize winning essays covering topics as varied as equality for women in sport to the challenges presented by social media.

 

Today Sharon also welcomed the Australian Institute of Company Directors new video tackling sexism and outlining the steps that some of Australia’s largest companies are taking such as Telstra’s commitment to ensuring 50 percent of women on recruiting shortlists and NAB’s introduction of gender equality bonds.

 

“While these are great first steps by business leaders, more action is needed to ensure that women do not need to wait 169 years to achieve equality.

 

“It is often low and middle income women who are most affected by the gender pay gap and it is these women who will be most affected by the Turnbull Liberal Government’s decision to slash penalty rates.

 

“The latest decision by the Fair Work Commission will affect the many women who work in retail and hospitality.  These sorts of decisions will hit women hard and will not help us to close the quality gap any sooner.

 

“It is of great concern that there are very few women in Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet to ensure that his decisions do not leave women worse off. 

 

“Labor is committed to real action and a concrete plan for gender equality.  I was encouraged by the strength and vision of local women today and hope we see more members of the community taking part in and contributing to the Setting the Agenda conversation.

 

Online submissions open today at www.settingtheagenda.com.au.