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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Pro Bono has reported on the Retiring into Poverty report released as part of the National Older Women’s Housing and Homelessness Working Group that we are proud to be part of. “The number of older women accessing the private rental market increased by 45,000 in a five year period, which according to the report, was not viable […]

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Despite the growing understanding in the community, national housing and homelessness policy is yet to catch up. There is a considerable challenge in translating this community awareness to policy visibility. Given the first stumbling block is the lack of a national housing policy that resembles a comprehensive and effective housing strategy, the possibility a housing strategy that is both age and gender-responsive seems even more remote.

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