Senate debates

Wednesday, 5 March 2014


International Women's Day

5:00 pm

Photo of Michaelia CashMichaelia Cash (WA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) Share this | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senators Moore and Waters, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that 8 March is International Women's Day (IWD) and That the theme for IWD 2014 is 'Equality for women is progress for all';

(b) acknowledges:

(i) the work that UN Women, the United Nations (UN) organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, undertakes to improve the conditions of women, both domestically and internationally,

(ii) that, despite the many rights and privileges Australian women enjoy, there remain challenges that we must strive to overcome, and

(iii) that, although women perform two-thirds of the world's work, they earn less than 10 per cent of the world's wages; and

(c) recognises:

(i) that in Australia, violence against women is still far too common, with Australian Bureau of Statistics data continuing to show that one in 3 women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and

(ii) that Australians have a fundamental obligation to speak out and protect the human rights of women, both in Australia and overseas.

Question agreed to.


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