Engaging Women has been calling out cultural misogyny and inequality for more than a decade.
For us, Saturday’s election is a rare opportunity.
Covid-19 exposed gendered inequalities in our nation’s policies.
We have been collectively disappointed by a misogynistic parliamentary culture.
In recent years women have been more likely to lose paid jobs and many of us shouldered the burden of being the primary caregivers in lockdowns.
The pandemic shone a light on how crucial it is for women to have a voice within national policy.
281,000 jobs were lost across Australia from June – September 2021, 60% of those jobs were lost by women.
Australians have watched the largely feminised workforce of aged care workers placed under enormous pressure.
And at the time of writing 18 women have been killed at the hands of their intimate partner.
It is only May.
We fell to 50th out of 156 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index in 2021.
For these reasons (and because we are tired) Engaging Women is calling for the following:
* MORE FINANCIAL INVESTMENT IN EDUCATIONAL AND POLICING PROGRAMS TO HOLD VIOLENT MEN ACCOUNTABLE
* MORE COMMONWEALTH SUPPORT FOR WOMEN ESCAPING VIOLENCE
* SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FOR MEN’S BEHAVIOUR CHANGE PROGRAMS
* AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE
* ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
* FIRST NATIONS VOICE ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION
* WAGE JUSTICE FOR WOMEN
* ENSURE AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR OLDER WOMEN AS A MATTER OR URGENCY
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, caring for families, and work casual, insecure jobs with little super.
And then there’s the climate, A target of net zero emissions by 2050 reduced emissions by more than 50% by 2030 is crucial.
Australian Women are currently ranked 70th in terms of economic participation, despite being ranked equal first in educational attainment.
It is time for women leaders at every decision-making table and an expansion of the commonwealth paid parental leave scheme.
Saturday is about more than a democracy sausage and casual trip to your local school or 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.
Please don’t waste it.