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  • International Women's Day 2016

    Posted 7/03/2016 by Helen Portillo-Castro
    Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, a day that has now been commemorated for over 100 years in recognition of women’s economic, social and cultural achievements. International Women’s Day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1975 during International Women’s Year. It arose from early North American and European labour, suffrage and peace movements, and was first celebrated informally in Australia in the 1920s.   Originally marked with rallies... Read more...

    TAGS: International Women's Day, violence against women, Sustainable Development Goals

  • Women in the ADF

    Posted 1/12/2015 by Nicole Brangwin
    Historically, the role of women in the military has been a polemic issue, despite the significant contribution and sacrifice women have made in numerous conflicts. In Australia, the process over time of integrating women into what are considered ‘non-traditional’ military roles is explored in a 2015 Parliamentary Library Summer Research Scholarship paper Women in the ADF: six decades of policy change (1950 to 2011). This research paper highlights the changes to defence policy over the last 60 years that have allowed women to pursue military careers and discusses how policies towards women in the civilian workforce have influenced change for women in the armed forces. In the post-World War II era, women served in auxiliary services in ‘traditional’ roles such as nursing, clerks, typists and cooks. Fast forward to the present where women command major combatant ships and land-based operations, and pilot military aircraft. Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Defence Force, defence capability, women

  • White Ribbon Day 2015

    Posted 25/11/2015 by Anna Dunkley

    Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. This day also marks the start of the United Nations campaign, 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women. Recognition of these events is particularly significant in 2015, as it is 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which outlined a global commitment to gender equality.

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    TAGS: women, domestic violence, family violence

  • A snapshot of current trends for women in leadership

    Posted 18/11/2015 by Joy McCann
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    The recent decision by Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appoint equal numbers of men and women to his cabinet made headlines around the world. The issue of gender representation has also been prominent in Australia this year, with the debate about gender equality escalating across the political divide.  Read more...

    TAGS: women, leadership, parliament, government

  • International Women's Day 2015

    Posted 6/03/2015 by Hannah Gobbett
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    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

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (White Ribbon Day)—25 November 2014

    Posted 24/11/2014 by Janet Phillips

     

    In December 1999, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly designated 25 November as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in order to encourage international governments to raise public awareness of the levels of violence experienced by the world’s women. In Australia, this day is marked as White Ribbon Day by the White Ribbon campaign—a national, male-led anti-violence campaign involving various awareness raising events and programs conducted in schools, workplaces and the community.

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    TAGS: violence against women, domestic violence

  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 23/07/2014 by Joy McCann
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    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

  • Women in Australian parliaments

    Posted 19/02/2014 by Joy McCann
    Women's suffrage time capsule at Parliament House, Adelaide. 19 February 2012
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    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

  • 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

  • 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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