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The barriers preventing migrant women engaging in Australian politics - Published on Monash University
Friday, May 13, 2022
The barriers preventing migrant women engaging in Australian politics
As the federal election date draws nearer, it’s almost impossible for Australians to avoid the policies, promises and paraphernalia of political parties and candidates contesting the election. Since Australia has compulsory voting, every eligible...
 Roof and flag of the Parliament of Australia in Canberra
Friday, May 06, 2022
Trends in the gender composition of the Australian parliament
How does the gender composition of the Australian parliament compare with parliaments around the world, and how has it changed over the past two decades International comparisons The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has published international...
Parliament House in Canberra, Australia. Photographer: Rohan Thomson/Bloomberg
Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Women fed up with flagrant sexism could swing Australia’s election
Decline in support for government is being driven by women Nation's gender inequality has worsened for more than a decade Women in Australia have endured more than a year of shocking allegations of misconduct from inside their nation’s parliament...
Australia: Where are the young women? - Raise Our Voice Australia
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Australia: Where are the young women?
Driven by the shared belief that all young voices should be heard, Raise Our Voice Australia has proudly partnered with The Body Shop Australia to ask young women and gender diverse Australians about their political engagement. With just under 500...
Young women are less likely to run for office today than 12 months ago - Women’s Agenda
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Young women are less likely to run for office today than 12 months ago
Young women and gender diverse people are less likely to run for office or join a political party today, than they were 12 months ago. That’s the explosive finding of new research from a leading Australian social enterprise, Raise Our Voice...
Aussie federal election 2022: Data shows Labor, Liberal Party more likely to preselect women in marginal seats - News.com.au
Friday, April 01, 2022
Australian federal election 2022: Data shows Labor, Liberal Party more likely to preselect women in marginal seats
Despite repeated warnings, Australia’s two major political parties continue to make one big mistake – and one MP has issued a scathing rebuke. The women chosen by Australia’s two major political parties to run in the upcoming federal election are...
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation - Australian Journal of Social Issue
Monday, March 28, 2022
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation
Recent conversations prompted by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have put issues of workplace sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault into the global spotlight. This paper examines how members of the Australian Liberal Party made sense of,...
The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a non-partisan initiative to change the face of politics in Australia.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Women invited to forge pathway into politics as new knowledge hub launches
An innovative program to advance female participation in Australian politics is calling for new participants and launching a knowledge hub, sharing leading research, articles and interviews on the eve of International Women’s Day 2022. The Pathways...
Friday, March 11, 2022
Pathways to Politics Program for Women
The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is a national, proudly non-partisan initiative that aims to change the face of politics by equipping women with the skills, knowledge, confidence and networks they need to run for elected office and thrive...
Nicolle Flint has been vocal about the sexist abuse she has faced during her time in politics.(AAP Image: Mick Tsikas)
Friday, February 25, 2022
In Australia, Nicolle Flint uses final speech to take aim at offensive abuse directed toward women
Outgoing Liberal MP Nicolle Flint has used her valedictory speech to urge the parliament to better protect women from offensive, insulting and intimidating behaviour, while taking aim at "the left" and social media giants for the harassment and...
‘It can be done’: how a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics - The Guardian
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
‘It can be done’: How a strong female crossbench could challenge Australian politics
By Jo Dyer As disillusionment with the Morrison government grows, a new generation of independents is emerging to run against the system itself. The event’s lineup was formidable and the audience at the 2021 Sydney writers’ festival was expectant:...
Women hold record number of Australian Government board positions - Mirage News
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Women hold record number of Australian Government board positions
The Morrison Government has welcomed the latest Gender Balance on Government Boards figures, which show that for the first time, more than half of Australian Government board positions are held by women. Women now hold a record 50.2 per cent of...
Women for Election encourages women to enter politics in new ad - Credits: Mumbrella
Monday, February 07, 2022
Australia: Women for Election encourages women to enter politics in new ad
Women for Election has released a campaign ahead of Australia’s election season officially kicking off to encourage more women to enter politics. The campaign was created by BMF and is supported by UN Women Australia. Click here to read the full...
Get equipped with the skills to run for office - Credits: Women for Election
Monday, January 17, 2022
Get equipped with the skills to run for office
The Women for Election EQUIP program is Australia’s first non-partisan, online political campaign workshop. It is designed to provide in-depth, practical training for female candidates and female campaign managers in advance of Local, State and/or...
Australian local Government NSW welcomes soaring number of women elected to councils - Manning River Times
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Australian local government NSW welcomes soaring number of women elected to councils
Communities across NSW can look forward to better, more representative local government following a dramatic rise in the number of women elected to councils, the sector's peak body said. MidCoast Council has four female councillors including one new...
Australia’s independents: the women aiming to shake up parliament- Credit: Depositphotos
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Australia’s independents: the women aiming to shake up parliament
Earlier this year, following a string of attacks on women in the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, both verbal and physical, a popular female TV host asked rhetorically whether the easiest place in the country to rape a woman is in Parliament...
Labor councillor for Kiama, Imogen Draisma, 22, wants the council to better reflect the community it represents.(ABC Illawarra: Ainslie Drewitt-Smith)
Monday, December 27, 2021
In Australia, one of NSW's youngest female politicians calls for diversity as she enters local government
A sea of change is washing across New South Wales local government as more women and young people take up seats as councillors. Until recently, 22-year-old Imogen Draisma could not see herself reflected in the local council running her home city of...
Samoa, Estonia, Tunisia and Sweden all elected their first female prime ministers in 2021 (Reuters/AFP: Fa'atuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST)
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Politics isn't super-appealing to women in Australia right now. Is it different elsewhere?
Forty. That's the number of countries around the world that have chosen a woman to lead since Julia Gillard was ousted on June 27, 2013. In the past year alone, Sweden, Tunisia, Samoa and Estonia all elected their first female prime ministers while...

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