• Nicki

Choosing to challenge unhelpful attitudes

Today is International Women's Day, the globally recognised day of celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

In 1908, against a backdrop of terrible working conditions, exploitation and harassment, 15,000 women took to the streets of New York protesting for shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

The first International Women's Day was honoured for the very first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911.

International Women's Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975.

The world is currently experiences significant change and huge shifts in the attitudes and actions of feminist activists and other's battling for equality and emancipation on the streets, the boardrooms and the parliaments. We have come so far, but it's important not to become complacent, or think that the war has been won.

In Australia:

  • The national gender pay gap is 13.4% in favour of men (WGEA)

  • 1 in 2 women will experience sexual harassment during their lifetime (humanrights.gov.au)

  • 1 in 6 Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by her current or former partner (humanrights.gov.au)

  • In 2015-2016 the average superannuation balances for women aged 60-64 were just over half (58%) of those of their male counterparts (humanrights.gov.au)

  • Women spend twice as many hours each day performing unpaid care work compared to men (humanrights.gov.au)

This years' theme for IWD 2021 is 'Choose to Challenge'. Personally, I am choosing to challenge unhelpful attitudes, behaviours and actions that are damanging to the fight for equality and safety for women.

The behaviour that we ignore, is the behaviour that we accept, and this year I will be speaking up. Not just for me, but for my daughter, my niece, my friends, my colleagues and all women (including those who identify as women) from around the world.

Join me, and Choose to Challenge this International Women's Day by visiting:

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