The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (the Commission) is a global policy-making body that is dedicated to advancing gender equality and the rights of women and girls across the world. Each year, representatives of United Nations (UN) Member States gather at the UN Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
The priority theme of the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) was women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. This theme aligns with Australia’s focus on strengthening women’s economic security by boosting workforce participation. Australia has prioritised increasing women’s workforce participation – currently the gap between men’s and women’s workforce participation is at a record low of 11 per cent. This reflects our increased investment in child care and our work to ensure women have the skills and support to work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries.
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