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Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Page: 7905

Senator URQUHART (TasmaniaOpposition Whip in the Senate) (15:44): At the request of Senator Moore, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on 11 October and the focus of this day is on unleashing the power and potential of girls all over the world,

(ii) as part of 2017 Day of the Girl, Plan International Australia partnered with Wellcom Worldwide to interview more than 1700 Australian girls aged between 10 to 17 years - the report gives rare insight into how girls experience their world and the areas where they want to see change to improve the opportunities available to them to live rich and fulfilling lives: girls want to see action, including to:

(A) address sexist advertising, to prevent girls and boys growing up with unhealthy and restrictive gender stereotypes,

(B) fight the gender pay gap, which continues to demonstrate that women are valued less than men, and

(C) measure our progress towards eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and girls,

(iii) despite a commitment to gender equality, set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an absence of evidence about the situation for girls,

(iv) this year, Girls Take Over Parliament has involved 17 girls aged between 18 to 24 years, with the support and participation of members and senators from across the Parliament, and

(v) the Girls Take Over Parliament program:

(A) takes in the possibilities of what girls can achieve when they break the stereotypes that hold them back,

(B) shows that when girls have a political voice, they can demand action to ensure that all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive, and

(C) shows that empowerment is not enough, instead significant political and social change is needed that makes girls and their lives visible to governments and policy makers; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to listen, count and consider girls' experiences and unique needs, and to work to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls.