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Welcome to a world that still needs to have an International Womens Day

Some facts to consider on International Womens Day. Predominantly there are two genders. The Regarded and the Less Regarded. Of interest there is an International Mens Day on November 19th that began in the 1990's that sets out to highlight positive male role models suggesting that males of all ages respond much more energetically to positive role models than they do to negative stereotyping. The first Australian International Women's Day (IWD) rally, organised by the Militant Women's Movement of the Communist Party of Australia, took place on March 25 1928 in the Sydney Domain. IWD marches in Sydney and Melbourne occurred in 1931. IWD gained momentum in Australia around the time of the Second World War. Women and girls make up just over half (50.7 per cent) of the Australian population and women comprise roughly 47 per cent of all employees in Australia. Women’s full time adult average weekly ordinary time earnings were 86% of that of men. In 2020, for the first time, there was equal representation between men and women parliamentarians in the Senate. In recent decades, women in Australia have made significant strides towards equality with men. At universities, in workplaces, in boardrooms and in government, a growing number of women have taken on leadership roles, forging pathways for other women and girls to follow. In 1984, the Sex Discrimination Act came into force, making sex discrimination and sexual harassment across various parts of public life against the law.

The Act, which gives effect to Australia’s international human rights obligations, has played an important role in changing community attitudes and helping advance gender equality in this country.

Despite this progress, women and girls continue to experience inequality and discrimination in many important parts of their lives, which can limit the choices and opportunities available to them. More than half of women aged 18 or older have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime. More than one in three Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence in her lifetime and one in two experiences sexual harassment. It was estimated that violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $22 billion in 2015-16. So here we are in 2021 having to celebrate a Women's Day in a society that so differentiates gender that we need a day to remind ourselves that we are all human - and NONE are more, or less equal than others. Happy Human Day to nearly half of the world's human population on a day that is meant to remind the other half that you matter as much as they do.