Girls schools at Parliament House for International Women's Day
Written on the 2 March 2016
Girls from 17 of Melbourne's Girls' schools gathered in Queen's Hall to discuss this year's theme: Gender Parity.
THE ISSUE OF GENDER PARITY
. . . is a serious issue and while we have much to celebrate in 2016, progress toward gender parity has slowed in many places.Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity.
Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
Each of us can take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias.Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Delighted to host the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia in Queen's Hall in the Victorian Parliament House for International Women's Day 2016. Pictured with girls from Mentone Girls' Grammar and their Principal Mrs Fran Reddan and with Canterbury Girls' Secondary College girls and Dr Mary Cannon.