WA has released a draft of its long-term plan to address gender inequality after feedback from more than 2000 women and girls across the state.
Throughout the initial six-month consultation process, which closed on July 31, the Department of Communities received 1963 survey responses, more than 330 ‘postcard’ submissions and in-person feedback at 35 community consultation sessions.
Comment is now being sought on the draft plan, which can be viewed here.
The plan identifies four priority areas for women in WA: health and well-being, safety and justice, economic independence and leadership.
Submissions on the draft Women’s Plan are open for three weeks and can be made by completing a short survey by 5pm on Monday, November 29.
The survey can be found by visiting the Department of Communities website.
The final Women’s Plan is due to be released in March 2020.
“In all aspects of life, from schools and the workplace to retirement, women deserve equal opportunities,” Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk said.
“But equality for women is still a long way off, with some estimates suggesting another 200 years are expected to pass before global equality is achieved.
“The McGowan Government knows that in order to address any issue, you need to understand the problem, develop a plan for change and commit to act on that plan.
“We have listened to women’s voices across Western Australia, and heard loud and clear what the issues are – balancing work and family responsibilities, prevention of family and domestic violence, attitudes to women in the community, and representation of women in leadership.
“I urge women and girls to take this opportunity to have their say on the State’s first long-term plan to address gender inequality.”