It gave me great pleasure to join my Coalition Parliamentary colleagues on the steps of the Victorian Parliament to celebrate the 105th UN International Women's Day.
. . . which this year addresses the issue of Gender Parity.
Our values as Australians are that women and men are equal.
However, disappointingly, this is not borne out by the facts. Barriers still exist that impact on a woman's life choices.
There is unacceptable gender pay gap.Clear differences between the levels of family violence experienced by women and men. Clear differences between men and women's wealth, financial status and retirement incomes.
On all of these criteria, men do better than womenGender 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.
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