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Submission to Senate Committee on COVID-19

“There has been much media coverage in recent weeks about the gendered impact of the COVID pandemic. While men are more likely to die from the virus, women are bearing a disproportionate brunt of its economic, social and cultural impacts.

In this submission to the Senate’s Select Committee on COVID-19, the Snap Forward Feminist Policy Network outlines the specific impact of the crisis on women, and provides 10 key recommendations for government to both lessen the heavy burden and ensure policy responses do not further entrench current systemic gender bias and inequities. “

In signing on to this joint submission, the Victorian Women’s Trust joins 70+ other organisations and individuals calling for a gender-responsive COVID-19 recovery over the immediate and longer term.

To read the joint statement including the 10 key recommendations to Government  click on the button below.

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2019 AHRC Sexual Harassment Inquiry

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2018 Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill

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2018 Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill Inquiry

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