Media Release – 29th September 2015
1 Sep 2015
Lifelong economic wellbeing for women in Australia
From today, until mid November, a national alliance of women’s organisations is encouraging all women to have their say about their lifelong economic wellbeing.
economic Security4Women is seeking women’s views on their economic empowerment, workforce participation and their savings for retirement.
“We will be exploring the capacity of women in Australia to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways that recognise the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.
“Economic empowerment increases women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property and other productive assets, skills development and market information.” said Ms Sandra Cook, Chairperson of the alliance and member of Business Professional Women Australia.
eS4W is inviting all women in Australia, young and not so young, to the online survey
The online survey will take approx. ten minutes. The survey will also provide an opportunity for women to raise other issues and to identify their top 5 concerns about their lifelong economic wellbeing.
In addition, across the country, women’s organisations and individual women will hold events to discuss the issues being raised by eS4W. Many of these events will be listed online
“Face to face sessions will be an opportunity for women to get together and identify what supports and what hinders gender equality and their economic empowerment in Australia.
“This is particularly important as international focus turns to the Sustainable Development Goals that embrace Gender Equality, indeed marking it a stand alone goal.
Based on the results of this survey, eS4W will outline what women consider should be the priorities for government, for business and for families to reduce the gap between the numbers of men and women in work or looking for work and to overcome the gender gap in retirement incomes.
Sally Jope, Executive Officer, economic Security4Women