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Real policy initiatives must come from report on gender equality.



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Tue, 22nd July 2008 REAL POLICY INITIATIVES MUST COME FROM REPORT ON GENDER EQUALITY

The Hon Sussan Ley MP Shadow Minister for Housing, Status of Women

Shadow Minister for Women, Sussan Ley, is urging the Rudd Labor Government to use the findings from a new report on gender equality to generate some real policy initiatives for women in Australia.

Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner today launched the report, Gender equality: What matters to Australian women and men after nearly a year of consultation with community groups and individuals on the state of gender equality.

Ms Ley said this extensive report on gender equality presents key issues and a framework within which to develop policies that women in Australia need to help them live, work and raise a family.

''I strongly believe that when you have control of your finances, you have control of your life. Therefore it is vital that government develops a strategy for boosting retirement incomes for older women, along with increasing young women's financial literacy,'' she said.

''I would like congratulate Elizabeth Broderick for all her hard work over the past year in which she has consulted widely and met with thousands of people personally in order to get the most comprehensive picture of the state of gender relations in our country,'' Ms Ley said.

The tour attracted people from all around Australia, and the accompanying blog recorded more than 66,000 hits, which demonstrates the continued relevance of the issue.

Commissioner Broderick's action plan includes: A public education campaign on sexual harassment.

Boosting women's retirement incomes.

Encouraging family friendly work practices.

A review of sex discrimination laws.

Promoting women in leadership roles.

To review the Listening Tour Community Report, Gender equality: What matters to Australian women and men please visit :

http://www.hreoc.gov.au/sex_discrimination/listeningtour/index.html