International Women's Day 2022

Today Abigail passed a motion calling on the NSW Government to stop dragging their feet and take real and direct action to address gender equity in our society. 

Abigail moved:

(1) That this House notes that:

(a) 9 March 2022 was International Women's Day [IWD], a day which recognises the historical and ongoing women‑led fight for true gender equity and equality, and urges all levels of society to take direct action to address systemic inequality;

(b) this year's theme for IWD by the United Nations is "Changing Climates: Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow", which celebrates the young women, black women, Indigenous women, and women of colour at the forefront of the fight for climate action and justice, and the significant role of climate change in exacerbating existing gender gaps; and

(c) IWD originated as International Working Women's Day, and at its roots is a socialist movement fighting for fairer working conditions and better pay for women in a society dominated by patriarchy.

(2) That this House notes that, according to the United Nations Environment Programme in a report entitled Women at the Frontline of Climate Change, published in November 2021:

(a) women are disproportionately impacted by climate change and disproportionately likely to lose their lives in global warming induced weather disasters;

(b) dynamics such as a lack of access to formal education, economic poverty, discrimination in food distribution, food insecurity, limited access to resources, and exclusion from policy and decision-making institutions and processes disproportionately disadvantage women from adapting to climate change, particularly those of Indigenous women and women from the Global South; and

(c) women play a far stronger role than men in the fight for climate action, and so government strategy and adaptive response regarding climate assistance should centre around women's voices, responsibilities, knowledge and the challenges they face, if it is to be successful.

(3) That this House calls on the New South Wales Government to commit to taking direct action to address gender inequity in our society through actionable strategy and robust policy which centres the voices of women and their experiences.


The full transcript can be found in Hansard, here

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