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Gender equality: what is it and why do we need it?

We need gender equality urgently. Find out what gender equality means and why it's important.

Gender equality is when people of all genders have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Everyone is affected by gender inequality - women, men, trans and gender diverse people, children and families. It impacts people of all ages and backgrounds.

We need gender equality urgently. Gender equality prevents violence against women and girls. It’s essential for economic prosperity. Societies that value women and men as equal are safer and healthier. Gender equality is a human right. Everyone benefits from gender equality. 

Our vision

The Victorian Government’s vision for gender equality is for all Victorians to:

  • live in a safe and equal society
  • have equal access to power, resources and opportunities
  • be treated with dignity, respect and fairness

Safe and Strong is our strategy for gender equality in Victoria

Achieving gender equality will not happen overnight. That’s why Victoria is leading the way with measurable action. 

We’re modelling best practice and setting targets for women’s leadership. We’re working with communities, schools, workplaces, businesses and organisations to build a culture of respect and fairness.

All of us have a role to play in promoting gender equality.

Working together

Find out how we’re working together with Victorians to promote gender equality in these areas:

Reviewed 20 June 2018