Gender equality on rise
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.