Gender Equality

Gender inequality continues to be a major barrier to the realisation of rights and access to opportunities for girls and women in Australia. The unequal status of women and girls in Australia is underlined by structural and systemic gendered inequalities. Gender inequality interacts with other systems of power and inequality resulting in multiple and intersecting experiences of inequality and disadvantage for marginalised women.

  • 1 in 3 women in Australia has experienced violence since the age of 15.
  • 1 in 3 women have been sexually harassed since the age of 15.
  • Women are more likely to live below the poverty line.
  • On average, women retire with approximately half the level of retirement savings of men.
  • Women spend twice as much time on unpaid work as men.
  • Women make up 32% of all Federal Parliamentarians.
  • Women account for just 21% of sources directly quoted in news articles.
  • Feminist movements are critical drivers of social transformation for equality.