Our pre election message to you

Martine Harte

Australian women will be an electoral force at the polls in this Federal election.

We have been shaking our collective heads for decades now, trusting advocacy will turn into policy action, only to be let down or distracted by another political gaffe or scandal which somehow punts our issues from the national agenda.

Women have just lived through the worst of a global pandemic.
Did you know Australian women aged 45 and over are the fastest-growing cohort of Australians who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness?

We do the bulk of unpaid domestic labour, bulk of caring for families, and often work casual, insecure jobs with little super.

We are ranked 70th globally in terms of economic participation, despite being ranked equal first in education.

18 women have died at the hands of their current or former partners this year. It is only May.

I sincerely believe it is time for women leaders at every decision-making table, for a diverse federal cabinet and an end to parliamentary and cultural misogyny.

Imagine an expansion of the commonwealth paid parental leave scheme, passionate delivery on climate action, affordable, high quality childcare and wage justice for women in caring sectors such as aged care.

Saturday is about more than a democracy sausage and casual trip to your local polling booth, it is a chance to do more than ‘like’ a post or attend an event, it is a precious opportunity to add your voice to the national policy arena.

Thanks so much for reading, I can assure you the powers that be have paid close attention to what you are saying through the Engaging Women platforms for more than a decade now.

Many, many good men are supporting and promoting our efforts, collaboration between the genders is the way to go.



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Martine Harte is founder of Engaging Women, a platform for social good.
She is a dedicated voice in the advancement of women & girls. Contact martine@engagingwomen.com.au.

Learn more about her here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

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