1 March, 2019 –
Queensland Women’s Week (QWW) takes place from 2 to 10 March and is an extension of International Women’s Day on 8 March. QWW recognises and celebrates the achievements of women and girls across the state.
This year’s theme ‘Invest in women. Invest in the future.’ recognises that improving women’s and girls’ financial literacy and capability improves their economic security, which has benefits for the entire community.
The financial facts for women in the workforce are alarming. For example, women currently earn about 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. Higher rates of part-time work and time spent out of the workforce drive women’s earnings down even further. These factors all contribute to lower lifetime earnings and significantly reduced superannuation.
The big economic security issues for Queensland women are:
- gender pay gap
- women’s financial literacy and capability
- the retirement income gap between women and men
- women’s and girls’ participation in traditionally male-dominated fields of study
- financial recognition of domestic work and traditionally female-dominated industries, including teaching, early childhood education and care, nursing and community services
- women’s vulnerability to inadequate or unaffordable housing and homelessness.
Recent initiatives across the private and public sectors to improve women’s economic security are reaping great benefits. All this helps contribute to achieving the G20 goal of reducing the gender gap in workforce participation by 25% by 2025.
For more info about the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy and how we’re working towards improving economic security for women and girls visit https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/campaign/womens-strategy/community-implementation-plan/priority-areas/economic-security
To find out more about QWW and events happening around the state visit www.qld.gov.au/womensweek