The drivers of housing inequality are deeply gendered. We need a gender-responsive housing strategy to address the barriers women face in securing safe, affordable and appropriate housing.
The ERA and Harmony Alliance Young Women’s Advisory Groups have joined forces to highlight sexual harassment issues for young women and, in particular, young culturally and linguistically diverse women in a joint submission to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.
The Commission should affirm that women and girls’ access to social protections is a human right. Accessible and affordable service provision by public or private actors is critical for the realisation of many human rights, particularly social and economic rights such as the right to housing, health, education and food.
Gender budgeting should “eradicate gender asymmetry in budgets” by covering expenditure and revenue measures. This process should include analysis of the investment required to achieve gender equality in Australia in order to translate gender equality goals into budgetary commitments.
The Federal Government is currently engaged in a review of Vocational Education and Training in Australia. Based on the work of ERA’s Education Expert Working Group, ERA made a submission urging for a gender-responsive understanding of VET that takes into account the educational needs of girls and women.
This submission focuses on sex education and respectful relationship education and sees the two as inextricably linked. Young women deserve to experience positive and safe relationships with their family, friends, and loved ones.
The Australian government recently delivered its first Voluntary National Review on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ASAP Oceania has coordinated experts on several aspects of poverty to write brief, accessible responses to what the government writes about poverty (understood in a broad, multi-dimensional sense) in this review.
Providing safe, affordable and available access to abortion through decriminalisation will simply allow women and pregnant people to improve their health outcomes.
We commend the Attorney General’s decision to review sexual consent laws to protect victims better. We recommend any reforms be implemented alongside an increased focus on and resourcing of consent education as part of sex and relationships education.
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