Young people are leading a discussion on sex, sexuality and respectful relationships education in Australia with a national survey for young women, transgender and non-binary youth aged 16-21. The Let’s Talk survey has been developed by the Equality Rights Alliance’s (ERA) Young Women’s Advisory Group (YWAG), a group of 6 women under the age of 30 from across Australia.

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Helen Dalley-Fisher of the Equality Rights Alliance says “Australia is currently appearing at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, making the argument that a diversity of women’s voices is essential to achieving progress towards gender equality. We thank the Office for Women for their intervention and look forward to working with Treasury to ensure women are not excluded from the budget in the future.”

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If we are to value and redistribute unpaid work, identifying and recording that work is the crucial first step. This is part of a broader social and cultural project of change to reshape thinking about our rigid gender roles, which among many other things have implications for women’s safety and men’s mental health.

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The Women’s Economic Security Statement released by the Minister for Women yesterday is an excellent first step on the long road to bringing women into the public policy arena. The Statement contains positive steps towards improving economic outcomes for women and, hopefully, begins a process of ensuring that Federal policy makers are focusing on the needs of women.

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