International Women's Day

While trail-blazing women have achieved a great deal in the last century, many struggles lay ahead in achieving gender equality. Whether it be in the education of girls in the developing world, tackling violence against women, or securing opportunities in global leadership, women in Australia and the world are rightly demanding better.

This International Women’s Day, to be held on 8 March, the world will celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and take the time to reflect on what lays ahead. To mark the occasion, Policy Forum has launched this special In Focus: International Women’s Day section to shine a light on the state of gender equality in Australia and the region, and invite authors to discuss the various issues policymakers face in achieving it.

Readers, we encourage you to join the discussion, and share your thoughts on all the policy progress yet to come.



Tackling violence against women

Democracy Sausage: Women in politics special

Women in politics and policy


Breaking barriers for women in STEM

Women in economics – where are they?



Democracy Sausage podcast: Women in politics special

Virginia Haussegger
Meegan Fitzharris
Blair Williams
Mark Kenny

Government and governance | Australia


To mark next week’s Women for Election forum at Crawford School Democracy Sausage turns its attention to women in politics – from the low level of trust women feel in government to the role of quotas, and from the treatment of Julia Gillard to how the Westminster system encourages adversarial politics, our experts tell us the challenges for women in politics, and what we need to do to fix it.

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