Creating a brighter future for Australian girls

Release Date: 
11 October 2017
Media release

On the International Day of the Girl Child, Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, has reinforced Australia’s commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and outlined Australia’s success in getting more women than ever before into work.

“Today is a chance to reflect on the future we are building for our young women. The International Day of the Girl Child recognises endemic issues which prevent young women and girls around the world from living lives of equal opportunity,” Minister Cash said.

“Increasing women’s participation in the workplace is a key driver of equality. I am so proud today that a record number of women are in work in Australia and that female workforce participation, for the first time in our nation’s history, has reached 60 per cent.”

The Turnbull Government is focused on increasing Australian girls’ participation in STEM education and training to set them up for the jobs of tomorrow.

“I want Australian girls to dream big about their future role in the world. I know that women are still under-represented in many areas of science, technology, engineering and maths,” Minister Cash said.

“We need to harness the full potential of our girls, in order to reach our potential as a country, which is why the Government is focused on supporting women and girls into STEM-based education and careers.”

In Adelaide today Minister Cash launched the new Harmony Alliance, led by the Migration Council of Australia, which will amplify the voices of Australia’s migrant and refugee women.

“The Harmony Alliance will empower migrant women to directly influence the issues that impact on their safety, health and wellbeing, and their economic empowerment,” Minister Cash said.

“Removing barriers to inclusion and participation has both economic and social benefits and as a society we become enriched with the knowledge and experience of these women.”

The Harmony Alliance is supported through the Women’s Leadership and Development Strategy.