Thursday the 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
The International Women’s Day 2018 theme is the ‘Press for Progress,’ which inspires us to continue pushing for gender equality until it becomes the worldwide norm.
The theme also calls on people to motivate and unite their friends, communities, and colleagues to think and act on gender inclusivity.
In WA, the government is running an eight-day social media campaign highlighting women’s progress on the 80th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day event, but says more needs to be done to close the gap between men and women.
“In all aspects of life, from schools to the workplace to retirement, at home and in our communities, girls and women deserve equality,” Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk said.
“In many ways we have achieved a lot – but the fact remains that WA still has the worst gender pay gap in the country.”
“International Women’s Day is a time to acknowledge the women who have shown great leadership as well as reflect on the work still to be done to achieve gender equality.”
The campaign using the hashtag #PressforProgress will showcase several Western Australian women and an inspiring young girl who will speak about what “Press for Progress” means to them in a series of short films.
Among the women and girls featured will be seven-year-old Secret Harbour Primary School student Madeline Parker, after being diagnosed with cancer when she was five.
She has since made a full recovery and wants to become a scientist and a doctor
Musician Stella Donnelly, soccer star Sam Kerr and the first female Anglican Archbishop in the world will also be taking part in the videos.
It comes as the World Economic Forum revealed it will take more than 200 years to achieve economic gender parity across the world at the current rate of progress.
Australia has fallen from 15th place in global gender equality 10 years ago to 35th place.
Ms McGurk said women needed be recognised equally economically and socially.
“With economic modelling revealing that gender parity is more than 200 years away, it’s time to #PressforProgress,” she said.
“Empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.”