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  • International Women's Day 2015

    Posted 6/03/2015 by Hannah Gobbett
    Portrait of Vida Goldstein
    Image in collection of National Library of Australia : sourceWikimedia Commons
    With the theme ‘Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!’, International Women’s Day 2015 was celebrated internationally on 8 March with thousands of events to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. This Flagpost documents the current state of play of female participation in Australian state and federal politics, and how Australia compares internationally. According to Australian Parliamentary Library data (as of February 2015) Austral... Read more...

    TAGS: 44th Parliament, women, Parliament, 2015, International Women's Day

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  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 23/07/2014 by Joy McCann
    House of Representatives Chamber
    Across Australia women continue to be significantly under-represented in parliament and executive government, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and one-fifth of all ministers. The Parliamentary Library has recently published an updated research paper, Representation of women in Australian parliaments 2014. It presents the latest data on women serving in Australian vice-regal, government and parliamentary leadership positions, ministries and parliamentary committees, as wel... Read more...

    TAGS: women, parliament

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  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 19/02/2014 by Joy McCann
    Women's suffrage time capsule at Parliament House, Adelaide. 19 February 2012
    By User:JimOwensPMP (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
    A Parliamentary Library publication, Women parliamentarians in Australia 1921 ̶ 2013 written by Janet Wilson and David Black, has been updated to include women elected to federal, state and territory parliaments to 31 December 2013. Part 1 consists of tables listing all women elected to Commonwealth, State and Territory parliaments since 1921. The lists are presented in chronological order of election and include the age at which the women took their seats, their party affiliation, electoral d... Read more...

    TAGS: women, parliament

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  • Electoral quotas for women: an international overview

    Posted 18/11/2013 by Joy McCann
    Electoral quotas for women: an international overview, published by the Parliamentary Library, provides an overview of recent global trends in women’s political representation and the different types of gender quotas adopted. Drawing on recent international research, it explains the impact of electoral quotas, what influences their success, and the various arguments for and against their use. The paper also looks at electoral gender quotas in Australia, and describes the use of quota systems in ... Read more...

    TAGS: Parliament, women

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  • Bill to reserve seats for women passed by Samoan Parliament

    Posted 11/07/2013 by Joy McCann
    The Legislative Assembly of the Samoan Parliament has voted unanimously in support of a bill to amend the Constitution to reserve five seats or 10 per cent of the 49 parliamentary seats for women electoral candidates. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, La’auli Leuatea Fosi, has called it ‘a new dawn for women’. The Constitution Amendment Act 2013 was passed by the Parliament on 24 June 2013 despite strong opposition by the Tautua Samoa party in the months leading up to the vote. Tautua Sam... Read more...

    TAGS: Pacific Islands, reserved seats, women

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  • Women in the Australian workforce: A 2013 update

    Posted 8/03/2013 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    First observed as an international event in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on March 8 each year. Originally emerging from female labour movements in North America and Europe, female participation in politics and the workforce remains an important focus of IWD. As we celebrate IWD in 2013, this article briefly reviews current female participation in the Australian workforce. Women and Workforce Participation Female participation in the workforce has... Read more...

    TAGS: International Women's Day, labour force, women

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  • International Women's Day

    Posted 4/03/2013 by Harriet Spinks
    On Friday 8 March women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD had its genesis in events of the early 1900s, when women in places such as Europe, North America and Australia began demanding an end to inequality, and access to equal pay, better working conditions and voting rights. As outlined by UN Women Australia:In 1910, Clara Zetkin, the leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day at the ... Read more...

    TAGS: International Women's Day, women

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  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (White Ribbon Day)—25 November 2012

    Posted 20/11/2012 by Janet Phillips
    In 1999, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (also marked in Australia as White Ribbon Day). Each year since then the UN has encouraged governments around the world to raise public awareness on this issue. In its anti-violence campaign fact sheet the UN points out that violence against women can take many forms (including physical, sexual, psychological and economic) and estimates that up to 70 pe... Read more...

    TAGS: international days, violence against women, women

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  • 110th anniversary of the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902

    Posted 12/06/2012 by Joy McCann
    Tuesday 12 June 2012 marks the 110th anniversary of the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902, the law that granted most Australian women the right to vote, and therefore to stand, in Commonwealth elections. The Act stated that ‘all persons not under twenty-one years of age whether male or female married or unmarried’ would be entitled to vote in Commonwealth elections. It excluded Indigenous men and women, unless they were eligible to vote under state laws in accordance with Section 41 of the Austral... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Electoral Commission, constitution, Electoral reform, indigenous Australians, women

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  • Women in Australian Parliaments

    Posted 8/03/2012 by Joy McCann
      A new Background Note, Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments, published by the Parliamentary Library to coincide with International Women's Day, reveals that there are currently more women parliamentarians in the Senate than at any other time since Federation. However, despite occupying several high-profile roles, women are still significantly under-represented in Australian parliaments, comprising less than one-third of all parliamentarians and occupying less than one-quarter ... Read more...

    TAGS: 43rd Parliament, elections, International Women's Day, political parties preselection, women

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