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Gender equality

Gender equality signifies equal respect, rights, and opportunities for everyone, regardless of their gender identity. Gender equality is a human right that is needed across all areas of society. We work to progress gender equality through our focus areas of violence against women and their children, sexual violence, and health and wellbeing, and across the areas of leadership, work, and economic security.

To achieve gender equality, structural and systemic barriers to equality must be removed and social norms, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate inequality and gender stereotypes must be addressed. Gender equity is the process to achieve gender equality. Gender equity recognises intersecting issues and barriers to equality, and implements strategies to address these.

Gender equality benefits everyone – women, men, gender diverse people, children, families, communities, organisations and the economy.

We believe that all genders should:

Have the same access to opportunities, resources and power

Have the ability to participate in decision-making

Live in a safe and equal society

Be treated with dignity, respect and fairness

Gender Equality Gender Equity

There is access to equal rights, freedoms, and opportunities for everyone regardless of their sex or gender.

Is the process to achieve gender equality.

There are equal and measurable outcomes for women, men and gender diverse people.

It requires that we recognise diversity and disadvantage, and then direct our resources and services towards those most in need.

All genders are free to pursue whatever career, lifestyle choice and abilities they want without discrimination.

Recognises that women and gender-diverse people are not in the same ‘starting position’ as men. This is due to many historical and social disadvantages.

Allows equal access to choices, decision making, social, political and economic participation.

If we treat women, gender diverse people and men equally, it may prove to be unfair. It may cause further disadvantage.

Achieving gender equality will depend on us responding to intersecting issues that compound gender inequity – such as racism, ableism, and poverty.

People are free to develop their own personal abilities without being limited by rigid gender roles, stereotypes, and prejudices.

Gender equity measures enable a level playing field for all people.

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