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Fourm to discuss a renewed national agenda for women

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NEWS RELEASE The Hon Wendy Fatin MR Minister for the Arts and Territories

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

May 26 1992


Women from more than 40 national community organisations will meet at Parliament House tomorrow, May 27, to discuss priorities for Federal Government policies for women to the year 2000.

The forum for non-Government organisations has been convened by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, Wendy Fatin, to help develop the next stage of the Federal Government's National Agenda for Women.

The first National Agenda for Women, developed after consultations with 26,000 women throughout Australia, carries long term objectives and shorter-term action plans through from its launch in February 1988 to February 1993.

The renewed Agenda will provide a basis for policy development and evaluation to the year 2000.

"The first set of action plans targetted 20 areas for reform, including education, employment, income security, health, violence against women and the needs of special groups o.f women," Ms Fatin said.

"The considerable progress we have made in each of these areas has been reviewed each year. Now it is time to assess how the position of Australian women and community concerns have changed over the past five years and ensure that reform continues with

the right emphasis." . ^ , .

Tomorrow's forum is one of a number of recent consultations and reviews which will be incorporated into the renewed Agenda.

Others include the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into Equal Opportunity and Equal Status for Women in Australia, a review of the Affirmative Action Act, and consultations on Australia's second report to the United Nations on the Convention of the

Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Federal Government officers responsible for policies affecting women will be available at the day-long forum to answer questions and provide information. "Most importantly, they will be there to listen," Ms Fatin said.

Contact: Ruth Dewsbury (06) 277 7360


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