Australia will work towards advancing the rights of women and girls

Achieving gender equality is vital to economic development and to realising the full potential of women, men, girls and boys. Australia is strongly committed to working with the international community to advance the rights of women and girls across the world.

Woman in front of a school classroom black board.
Annette, an English teacher at Norsup Secondary School on Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Australia has supported Vanuatu's Education Road Map since 2009 to get more girls and boys into school for a longer, better education. Credit: Connor Ashleigh / DFAT.

Internationally, we have placed gender equality and women's empowerment at the centre of our aid program. To deliver on this commitment, the Australian Government has decided that at least 80 per cent of its development investments must effectively address gender issues in their implementation.

We also invest in and advocate for:

  • ending violence against women and girls
  • women's economic empowerment
  • enhancing women's voices in decision making, leadership, and peace building.

In the face of persistent challenges and slow progress, Australia is redoubling its efforts to achieve gender equality, both domestically and internationally. We have launched a new gender equality fund. We are promoting a stronger culture of respect, supporting the economic standing of women, and empowering women to have meaningful, high-level influence in their communities.

Our Ambassador for Women and Girls promotes the rights of women in multilateral, regional and bilateral fora, including by participating in the Commission on the Status of Women.

Australia believes it is vital to implement the women, peace and security agenda, working with other governments and civil society representatives from around the world to convert its objectives into effective action.

Australia commits to working collaboratively with other States to encourage equality before the law, reduce violence against women, and promote gender equality.

Our Pledge:

  • Australia will continue to support gender equality throughout our aid program.
  • Australia commits to working collaboratively with other States to encourage equality before the law, reduce violence against women, and promote gender equality.
  • Australia will take measures to eliminate gender-based discrimination and promote policies to increase womens' workforce participation.
Last Updated: 26 February 2018