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Young women call on the PM to lead change on gender equality

Eighty per cent of young women, aged 15-30, do not believe gender equality exists in Australia, according to the latest She Speaks survey.

The nation-wide survey of 1643 young women, conducted by YWCA Australia and the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland, explored young women’s attitudes to and experiences of leadership.

In good news for the future of Australia, 71 per cent of respondents said they want to be leaders in the future. And 58 per cent already consider themselves to be leaders in their family, school, community or workplace.

Yet the perceptions of gender equality from Australia’s young women are grim. Eighty-eight per cent recorded that women experience discrimination in Australia, while a significant 79 per cent felt that gender-based stereotypes affected their day-to-day life.

When asked to nominate the main issues affecting women in their community, the three that emerged were: gender-based stereotyping (79 per cent), violence (73 per cent), and sexist attitudes and beliefs (71 per cent).

The She Speaks responses highlight the need for leadership on the issue of gender equality from our political leaders, and YWCA Canberra is calling on PM Tony Abbott to take a strong stand on gender equality.

A full media release is available below.

 

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute