INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2019
Campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter
A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world?
Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality..
So here’s a round up of what’s making news this International Women’s day and who’s taking action
Girls in Australia suffer a dramatic loss of confidence as they grow up to become young women, according to research from leading girls’ rights agency Plan International Australia.
In 2017, Plan International Australia engaged Essential Research to survey more than 2000 Australian girls and young women aged 10-25-years old about their aspirations for the future.
New data from that survey, released today on International Women’s Day, reveals how girls lose confidence as they grow older – while 50% of 10-12 year olds felt they were ‘brave’, it drops to 28% for 17 year olds. Just 18% of 22-25 year olds felt brave.
So what can we do to reverse the trend. Plan International says girls need strong role models.
“Girls need role models to look up to. Research shows one of the greatest determinants of a girl’s future ability to achieve her dreams is access to strong capable role models – you can only be what you can see.”
Find out more https://www.plan.org.au/
Woolworths partners with Share the Dignity in fight to end period poverty
Woolworths is tackling ‘period poverty’ – being able to afford necessary sanitary products – by partnering with women’s charity Share the Dignity and donating 5 cents from every pack of sanitary item sold across its stores nationally.
We need a better system to prevent sexual harassment at work
A coalition of more than 100 organisations have submitted a joint statement to the Australian Human Right’s Commission’s national inquiry into sexual harassment at work. The statement calls for a range of reforms, including calling for workplace regulators to address sexual harassment as a health and safety issue.
Women’s Health Victoria CEO Rita Butera said, “Until we address sexism and gender inequality in our community, we cannot hope to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.”
The Joint Statement calls for workplace regulators to play more of a critical role and address sexual harassment as a health and safety issue.
Balance on wheels for a better life
A Queensland business that sells 3 wheeled electric tricycles for all ages hopes their products will enable older women to exercise and maintain their independence. “Some senior women are no longer able to drive or exercise the way they used to,” said Frank Riccobon, co-founder of CyclePower. “They’re not ready to go to a motorised scooter, and they still want to get some exercise and fresh air.
Camping and caravanning keeps women stronger and healthier
The latest data from the Tourism Research Australia National Visitor Survey has revealed that in the year ending September 2018, 5.2 million caravan and camping trips were taken by Australian women with a total of 24.4 million nights spent around Australia.
The numbers have increased significantly in the last five years. Tourism Research Australia’s data shows that in the year ending September 2013, women took a total of 3.9 million caravan and camping trips and spent a cumulative total of 18.5 million nights caravan and camping in Australia.
Caravan and camping trips have also been proven to be beneficial for women’s health, with Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s Real Richness report revealing those who regularly go on caravan and camping trips are happier, more satisfied, optimistic and energised than non-campers.
The research revealed both physical and mental benefits, with 74% strongly agreeing that camping helps them ‘recharge their batteries’, 63% strongly agreeing it relieves stress, and 51% strongly agreeing it can make you fitter.
Labor’s plan is a game-changer for women’s reproductive rights
Women Health Victoria is supporting the Labor government’s announcement that Australia first ever National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy will be introduced if Labor wins the election. This includes decimalisation of abortion, access to termination services in hospitals and affordable contraception options.
Helen Szoke announces retirement
Oxfam Australia celebrates Dr Helen Szoke who has announced she is retiring from the organisation. The former CEO had her work recognised when she won the Order of Australia last year.