Women’s policy urges more social, economic, political participation
A policy launched last night is aimed at improving South Australian women's participation in social, economic and political life.
Status of Women Minister Gail Gago said the Achieving Women's Equality policy builds on the State's proud women's rights history.
"South Australia has a strong history of promoting women's rights and leading in a way that recognises and celebrates the cultural, social, and economic diversity of women's lives and contributions to our community.
"In December 1894, South Australia became the first Australian state to allow women to vote in state elections and the first state to allow women to stand for State Parliament.
"While today we enjoy the benefits of the significant progress made by our women's rights pioneers, we still have work to do," Ms Gago said.
Achieving Women's Equality provides a framework to achieve gender equality across all facets of state government and in partnership with non-government organisations, business, local government and community groups.
The policy draws together existing Government programs that positively impact women to support three key priorities:
- Improving women's economic status
- Increasing women's leadership and participation
- Improving women's safety and wellbeing.
Ms Gago also announced that the South Australian Government will provide another 25 scholarships for women to attend the Governance for Directors training, delivered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Registration forms are available on the Office for Women website.
"The State Government has also provided funding to develop a new pilot program offering education pathways to women affected by domestic and family violence. The program will be led by Central Domestic Violence Service and will support women to engage in education and move toward confident engagement, participation and financial security."
For more information about the South Australian Women's Policy Achieving Women's Equality, and other initiatives, visit www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au.