WA Women’s Interests Minister Simone McGurk has marked the 80th anniversary of the first International Women’s Day event in Western Australia by calling for more to be done to achieve gender equality.
The World Economic Forum reports that, at the current rate of progress, it will take more than 200 years to achieve economic gender parity across the globe. Australia has gone backwards from a ranking of 15th place on the global gender equality ladder 10 years ago, to 35th in 2017.
To highlight the issue, the WA Government is running an eight-day social media campaign using the global hashtag #PressforProgress. The campaign will showcase several Western Australian women and an inspiring young girl who speak about what ‘press for progress’ means to them.
Seven-year-old Madeline Parker is a school student at Secret Harbour Primary School and features in one of the short films. Diagnosed with cancer at the age of five, Madeline has since made a full recovery and wants to become a scientist and doctor.
Others taking part in the campaign include musician Stella Donnelly, soccer star Sam Kerr and the first female Anglican Archbishop in the world, Kay Goldsworthy.
International Women’s Day is a global event which celebrates women’s achievements and highlights the actions that are still required to achieve gender parity.
Ms McGurk will host an event at Perth Town Hall today (March 8 2018) where Western Australia’s inaugural International Women’s Day event took place in 1938.
Source: WA Government