For many, the impact of gender inequality is compounded by the way that gendered barriers interact with other forms of disadvantage and discrimination.
A sophisticated gender equality strategy must recognise and respond to the needs of all Victorians.
Aboriginal women are almost ten times more likely to die from assault than other women.
As First Peoples, Aboriginal Victorians are best placed to address these issues to determine a
culturally appropriate path to gender equality.
Culturally diverse communities
Women from culturally diverse communities face additional barriers to education and employment as a result of:
- language barriers
- racism and discrimination
- lack of culturally responsive services
- lack of access to information about their rights
- the legal system and the support systems
- available in their languages
- separation from family and other support networks
- insecure visa status.
In particular, migrant and refugee women are overrepresented in insecure and low paid work.
Rural and regional Victoria
In rural and regional Victoria, female leaders are innovative in capitalising on community and social connectivity to improve outcomes for women and girls. With limited telecommunications and lack of connection to public services, rural and regional women are at risk of poorer health outcomes and have greater vulnerability to family violence.
Women with disabilities
Women with disabilities are more likely to experience family violence and sexual assault,
are less likely to be in paid employment and are paid comparatively less than men with a
disability or women without disabilities.
Trans and gender diverse
Trans and gender diverse people may feel forced to hide their gender identity when accessing services, when in the workplace and in social settings. They are more likely to experience mental illness, verbal abuse and physical abuse, as well as cyberbullying and social exclusion.