International Women’s Day – Realizing Women’s Rights

International Women’s Day – Realizing Women’s Rights

Office for Women
Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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This year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future’ recognises the importance of gender equality.

International Women’s Day 2020 marks 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995. The Beijing Platform for Action was developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women and was the largest ever meeting of gender equality activists.

The declaration was implemented by 189 governments who committed to taking action on a range of issues affecting women such as human rights, education and training, violence and the girl child.

The Office for Women is committed to working across government to deliver policies and programs which improve the lives of Australian women by advancing gender equality. The Office for Women’s priorities are:

  • Reducing violence against women and their children, ensuring they feel safe and are without fear of violence.
  • Improving women’s economic security and prosperity by increasing workforce opportunities and helping build financial independence.
  • Supporting more women into leadership positions in the public and private sectors.
  • Targeted international work on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Working with a broad range of stakeholders to help deliver gender equality nationally and internationally.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on how far women have come but also recognise what needs to be done to achieve gender equality.

For more information on the Office for Women and their initiatives, visit the Office for Women pages on the PM&C website.