On 2 October 2019 the Victorian Government Public Accounts and Estimates Committee launched a new public inquiry into the way the state government budget addresses gender equality. The Committee’s inquiry will examine how gender responsive budgeting at the state level can help to address inequality.
VWT’s intention in writing the submission is to endorse Gender Equity Victoria’s (GEN VIC) submission to this inquiry as a member organisation and also outline briefly some of our own learning to supplement GEN VIC’s submission.
Gender responsive budgeting is a crucial opportunity to deliver better outcomes for women and non binary individuals into the future. With the right resources and policy commitment, an economic gender lens should result in expert tweaking of economic and fiscal policy to deliver tailored policy solutions for enduring financial inequities for women, non binary individuals and their children.
In our view, two critical dimensions to getting gender responsive budgeting right in the first place, and upholding these propositions, is to acknowledge women’s unpaid and care work, and to count it.
Learn more about the Victorian Public Accounts and Estimates Inquiry here.
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Sexual harassment at work flourishes in places where sexual discrimination goes unchecked and full gender equality remains a distant hope. Sexual harassment is fuelled by organisations that remain overly masculine; are unequal from top to bottom; and which manifest cultures of permissiveness towards perpetrators and silencing of those harmed.
On 21 December 2018, Maddy Crehan and Casimira Melican completed the online survey on Engage Victoria to help shape the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Mental Health-the first of its kind in Australia.
We see this submission as an opportunity for young girls and women to have a much needed voice in the Commission process.
In our submission we discuss how the processes of naming electorates has systematically overlooked the achievements of women, and outline how these proposed changes fail to rectify the disparity between the representation of men and women within electoral names.
On September 27 2018, the Trust contributed a policy submission to the Victorian Government Gender Equality Bill 2018 Discussion Paper. In our submission we have chosen to address the discussion paper questions where we believe our experience as a women’s organisation can value-add to this important discussion surrounding the intention, implementation, inclusion and evaluation of the proposed legislation.
On the 25th of January, Isabelle Hughes, our Policy Intern, produced a policy submission in response to the proposed changes contained in the Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017.
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