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International Women's Day 2016



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Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT MINISTER FOR WOMEN MINIST

ER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

SENATOR FOR WESTERN AU STRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

8 March 2016

International Women’s Day 2016

Today marks International Women’s Day, an opportunity to both shine a spotlight on the a chievements of women around the world as well as ask what more can be done to move

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rds greater gender equality.

Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said while Australia has a history of lea ding the way for women, we still have much work to do.

“Australia was the first country in the world to give women the right to sit in parliament and one of the first countries to give women the right to vote,” Minister Cash said.

“We have made great inroads into gender equality and consider ourselves as an egalitarian society, but the fact remains is we have inequality between the sexes that we have a re

sponsibility to address.”

Delivering the International Women’s Day address to the National Press Club in Canberra toda y, Minister Cash said the government was focused on increasing women’s workforce participation and ensuring women are safe at home, safe on the streets and safe online.

“For the past seven years Coalition Government has focused on delivering policies to address domestic violence - the national conversation around this issue has shifted and this is somethi

ng we can all be proud of,” Minister Cash said.

“As the Minister for Women and Employment I am particularly excited about and focussed on the s ynergies between the two portfolios and the opportunities that exist to increase

participation and financially empower women.”

“Policies such as reforming our tax and transfer system, strengthening childcare, improving wor kplace diversity and flexibility, and supporting more women to innovate, succeed as

entrepreneurs and thrive in jobs of the future.”

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Minister Cash also announced that the Government will commit to increasing the target to 50 pe r cent representation across all Australian Government boards, with a minimum of 40 per

cent on each board.

“Our diversity target shows that we’re committed to women in leadership and we’re prepared to lead the way,” Minister Cash said.

Gender equality is not only essential for Australia’s future prosperity, but it is about the kind of society we want for ourselves.”

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or more information about International Women’s Day events visit http://unwomen.org.au/take-action/events/

Media contacts Office of Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash: (02) 6277 7320 David De Garis 0427 019 692 / Brooke Vitnell 0447 743 835 Department Media: media @employment.gov.au