Gen­der equal­ity on rise

Western Times - - NEWS -

NEW re­port cards show sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments for women in Queens­land, as they strive for gen­der equal­ity.

Min­is­ter for Women Di Farmer said the 2017 Gen­der Equal­ity Re­port Card high­lighted four pri­or­ity ar­eas.

“I’m re­ally pleased to be able to say that these re­port cards show women now com­prise 43 per cent of mem­bers of Queens­land Gov­ern­ment bod­ies as at 30 June, 2017, com­pared to 37 per cent as at 27 Jan­uary, 2016,” she said.

“Another sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment we have seen is a de­crease in the num­ber of women seek­ing gov­ern­ment-funded spe­cial­ist home­less­ness ser­vices due to do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, which has gone from 76.4 per cent of all clients in 2013-14 to 73 per cent in 2015-16.”

Ms Farmer said the State Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to achiev­ing gen­der equal­ity in all as­pects of Queens­land so­ci­ety, and this would be fur­ther en­abled through the Queens­land Women’s Strat­egy 2016-21.

“This strat­egy pro­vides a frame­work for gov­ern­ment, the pri­vate sec­tor and the wider com­mu­nity to take sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion to achieve a Queens­land that re­spects women, em­braces gen­der equal­ity and pro­motes and pro­tects the rights, in­ter­ests and well­be­ing of women and girls,” she said.

“And I’m pleased that across the four pri­or­ity ar­eas two are show­ing im­prove­ments, how­ever there is al­ways more work to be done in achiev­ing true gen­der equal­ity.”

Ms Farmer said she would work to drive im­prove­ments in next year’s re­port card.

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