Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women


The Australian Greens believe that:

  1. Women have the right to equal respect, responsibilities, opportunity and rewards in society.
  2. Women have the right to enjoy equality to men in all spheres of society and their human rights, experience, knowledge, work and other contributions to society should be recognised and valued equally to men.
  3. Women have the right to equal access and participation in decision making processes in all areas of political, social, cultural, intellectual and economic life.
  4. Women have the right to live free from harassment, fear, violence and abuse.
  5. Women must be able to live their lives free from violence.
  6. Women should be enabled to lead in the development and implementation of public policies, programs and services that affect them.
  7. Women have the right to receive equal pay for work of equal value, and any unpaid caring responsibilities should be acknowledged and properly valued throughout their lifetime.
  8. Women have the right to live free of direct, indirect and systemic discrimination.
  9. Women have the right to informed choices about all aspects of their lives, including education, health, sexual identity, reproductive health, birthing and child-rearing, and how they balance participation in paid work with carer responsibilities.
  10. The unpaid caring work of women, such as child-raising, is undervalued throughout women’s lifetimes. All parents should have the opportunity, employment protection and encouragement to be primary carers for their children.
  11. Long term, fundamental cultural and social change is required to end the systemic disadvantage currently faced by women.
  12. Awareness of the complex intersecting challenges facing women in different circumstances is necessary to address their diverse needs.
  13. All individuals, organisations and government have responsibilities towards achieving gender equality and equity.
  14. Men have an active role to play in creating and promoting gender equality and equity.


The Australian Greens want:

  1. All public policy and legislation to be consistent with Australia's commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and other international human rights instruments.
  2. Equal representation of women and men in public life, including women from diverse backgrounds.
  3. To support affirmative action initiatives which facilitate the equal participation of women in employment, cultural and social opportunities.
  4. Adequate funding and nationally consistent implementation of primary prevention of violence strategies, including with appropriate application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally diverse communities, LGBTIQ communities and for people with a disability.
  5. A nationally-coordinated response to Australia’s domestic violence crisis.
  6. The negative effects — physical, emotional and economic — of violence against women to be addressed through adequately funded, culturally appropriate, accessible, women-led and directed health and education programs.
  7. The further development and support for national anti-violence, including family violence, public education campaigns and programs, including primary prevention and early intervention programs.
  8. Measures to address sexism in the media to eradicate negative portrayals of women, cybersexism and online abuse.
  9. Measures to address sexism, gender- and sexuality-based bullying and violence, and rape culture online.
  10. Equal pay for equal work, and women to be free from systemic discrimination in workplace conditions, employment relationships and opportunities for promotion or advancement.
  11. Australian workplaces that actively support the promotion of women to more senior and leadership positions.
  12. All women to have access to safe and confidential health and wellbeing services, including reproductive health services.
  13. All women to have access to legal, free and safe pregnancy termination services, including unbiased counselling.
  14. To promote, protect and advance the sexual and reproductive health rights of women - both in Australia and in developing nations - through the overseas aid program.
  15. Strong, nationally-consistent legislation prohibiting forced female genital mutilation.
  16. Women to have equal access to appropriate, well-resourced education services - from early childhood education through to higher education - which recognise the specific barriers women face in accessing education.
  17. The principles of gender equity to be taught in schools.
  18. Specific initiatives in schools, vocational education and universities that increase women’s participation and success in traditionally male-dominated careers.
  19. Women to have access to adequately funded crisis services - including crisis housing, women’s shelters and other specialist services - recognising the particular need in rural, regional and remote areas.
  20. Women to have access to safe, secure and affordable accommodation through a comprehensive housing policy and the provision of adequate crisis housing.
  21. To ensure that crisis services do not impose a religious choice or obligation on women or children who may be vulnerable.
  22. An end to the criminalisation of consensual adult sex work.
  23. To free sex workers from the threat of prosecution, stigmatisation, fear and exploitation.
  24. Access to culturally appropriate crisis services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disability, and women of diverse sexualities, gender identities or intersex variation.
  25. A comprehensive paid parental leave scheme.
  26. Family-friendly workplaces and public spaces.
  27. Community-based, affordable, accessible, quality childcare and incentives for onsite childcare facilities in workplaces.
  28. The value of homemaking, child raising, caring for the elderly or people with a disability, and working for community organisations to be recognised by the community, as well as the inclusion of these activities in the calculation of national economic measures.
  29. To end the gender wealth gap, and an equitable retirement income system that effectively and adequately provides women with financial independence when they retire.
  30. The maintenance of the federal Office for Women, including its position as part of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet supported by a separate Minister or Parliamentary Secretary.
  31. Gender budgeting as part of the federal Budget, including a Women’s Budget Impact Statement.
  32. To actively promote women to stand as candidates for election.

[Policy endorsed: November 2017]