Australia Needs more Women in Parliament!

By National Foundation for Australian Women on behalf of WOMEN FOR ELECTION AUSTRALIA

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A little bit of context

"The full and equitable participation of women in public life is essential to building and sustaining strong, vibrant democracies.” (National Democracy Institute 2013). 

Women for Election Australia is a non-partisan, for purpose organisation that provides training and support to INSPIRE & EQUIP more women to enter public office.

But there’s a problem

Gender inequality in Australian politics has significant implications for our nation’s wellbeing. It has, and will continue to have, far-reaching effects on our country’s economic and social stability.

Australia has one of the highest education rates of women globally, yet an astonishingly low number of women in senior political roles.

As a nation, we crawl in at 57th in the world in terms of women’s political representation.

Having so few women at all levels of government means that women are subject to major decisions that impact them substantially, yet we have little or no voice to effect change.

The active participation of women in decision-making at all levels of public office is essential to ensure that vital legislation affecting women, children and families is passed, supporting a viable future for all generations. Beyond policy decisions, Independent research shows[1] that women in positions of authority tend to work more collaboratively across parties, take advice from experts in their field, debate and implement policies that have positive implications for a greater number in our community and be more responsive to their constituents needs.

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Here’s what we’re doing about it

According to Michelle O'Donnell Keating, co-founder of Women For Election (Ireland), “The barriers that women face boil down to The Five Cs: Confidence, Childcare, Cash, Candidate Selection and Culture.” Those are the main barriers preventing women from entering public office.

Women for Election Australia has designed training programs to INSPIRE & EQUIP more women to run for office at the local, state and federal level. Our training programs and events are face-to-face and they’re now online, and available Australia-wide.

You can join us

We aim to raise $200,000 to INSPIRE & EQUIP 2000 women by 2022 to run for office! However, as a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on donations to develop and deliver our programs. By donating to Women for Election Australia, you can join us to change the face of Australian politics for generations to come!

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Team Members

Women for Election Australia

Cecilia Tims

Philip Busfield