Gender equality helps prevent violence against women and girls and makes our communities safer and healthier. It is a human right and it is good for the economy.
Gender equality prevents violence against women and girls
Gender inequality is a root cause of violence against women. The four main drivers of violence against women are:
- condoning violence against women
- men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence
- rigid gender roles and stereotypes
- male relationships that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women.
The best way to prevent violence against women is to promote gender equality.
Gender equality is good for the economy
Every day that we fail to deliver gender equality, we pay the price.
- Australia’s GDP would increase by 11% if the gender employment gap was closed.
- The Australian economy would gain $8 billion if women transitioned from tertiary education into the workforce at the same rate as men.
- Businesses with at least 30% women in leadership positions are 15% more profitable.
- Family violence costs the Victorian economy more than $3.4 billion a year and takes up 40% of police work.
- Women do most unpaid care work. This has major costs - the unpaid care economy in Australia is nearly six times larger than the paid economy.
Gender equality is a human right
Australia has committed to equal rights for men and women through:
- Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against - An international treaty of the United Nations that monitors and seeks to improve the situation of women
- Beijing Platform for - Commitments for gender equality and the empowerment of all women developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing
- 2030 Sustainable Development - 17 goals to improve life. for future generations by ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity
- Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act - A Victorian law that sets out the basic rights, freedoms and responsibilities of all people in Victoria
- Equal Opportunity Act 2010 - A Victorian law about discrimination, sexual harassment .and victimisation that promotes equality
Gender equality makes our communities safer and healthier
Unequal societies are less cohesive. They have higher rates of anti-social behaviour and violence. Countries with greater gender equality are more connected. Their people are healthier and have better wellbeing.
Reviewed 25 June 2018