Advancing Gender Equality

Posted On: December 8, 2022

Gippsland Women’s Health is committed to improving ALL Gippsland women’s health and wellbeing outcomes which continue to be impacted by the unequal distribution of power and resources, discrimination and harmful gender norms and practices. Health inequities are further increased for our First Nations women, women living with a disability, migrant and refugee women, and women living in rural and remote areas.

Gender equality is a fundamental human right.

In Victoria today –

  • Victorian women earn 87.6 cents to every dollar earned by men.
  • Although more women than men complete tertiary education, their graduate salaries are lower.
  • 1 in every 2 mothers experiences discrimination during pregnancy, on parental leave or when returning to work.
  • Victorian women do nearly twice as much unpaid work as men.

Gender inequality is the leading driver of all forms of violence against women, girls and gender diverse people and plays a significant role in the life expectancy and health outcomes of women, girls and gender diverse people.

Gender inequality looks like:

  • Higher death rates during and after natural disasters
  • High rates of poverty and homelessness
  • Disproportionate gendered effects of climate change and in significant health inequities.
  • Achieving gender equality has the potential to save many lives of women and girls. Reducing inequality strengthens economies and builds stable, resilient societies that give everyone the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

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