Vision and Principles for Achieving Women's Equality

Vision

Women and girls in South Australia will be able to fully participate in and share the benefits of living in South Australia.

Principles

  • All individuals, women or men, are equally entitled to participate in and benefit from living in South Australia.
  • Equality, diversity and social inclusion are valued by all South Australians.
  • Vulnerable groups of women need targeted support to access services and participate fully in our community.
  • Strong partnerships with non-government organisations, business and community are critical to achieve gender equality.
  • Measuring and reporting on progress is fundamental to achieving gender equality.

There are many challenges still facing women in today's society including an increasing gender pay gap, increasing financial vulnerability (particularly for older women), low numbers of women in leadership and continuing unacceptable levels of violence against women.

It is time to renew the focus and commitment of government, business and community on actions that will make real change and ensure everyone − men, women and children − can flourish and live free of violence.

Genuine collaboration between all levels of government, business and the community is critical to achieving positive change for women. Gains already made towards the improved safety and wellbeing of women demonstrate the strength of collaborative partnerships and have led to integrated responses. Achieving Women's Equality endeavours to build strong collaborative partnerships across all priority areas for women.

South Australian Government believes are the critical action areas to achieve our vision that all South Australian women and girls will be able to fully participate in and share the benefits of living in South Australia.

Populations of focus across the policy

Women face many deterrents preventing their full participation in the workforce and in the community. These include gender stereotyping, lack of role models, family obligations and expectations and violence and abuse in the home and workplace. These barriers deprive women and girls of opportunities and the chance to achieve their full potential.

For some women cultural differences, poverty, language barriers, lower education levels, physical distance from neighbours and towns, living with a disability, gender identity, sexuality and age can also be barriers to their full participation. Some women experience varying configurations of these barriers in different degrees of intensity.

This policy will enable the unique backgrounds, experiences and situations of all women to be considered in the development of strategies that promote gender equality and increase resilience.

Equality is an issue for men to engage with

Men's action on progress towards equality is critical to ensure a fair and equitable society for all. Bringing men into the conversation on gender equality takes a step toward breaking down the expectations of both genders.

"Gender equality isn't just a women's issue. It is an issue for all. It is a rights issue because women's rights are human rights." - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Policy imperative

The South Australian Government is committed to achieving women's equal participation in all aspects of life.

Working towards women's equality contributes to the broader Government priority of building a prosperous and resilient community − a priority that is reflected in the development of this policy.

Under each pillar of action are links with the Economic Priorities for South Australia. This highlights the importance of gender equality in successfully building an economy and community that values and benefits everyone.