Kylea shares her week
Week 10: What on earth is going on?
This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of travelling to Canberra to hear Sam Mostyn AO, President of Chief Executive Women, speak to a packed room at the National Press Club of Australia outlining her vision for a more vibrant and inclusive post-pandemic Australia.
It was an incredible room to be in. The conversations were vibrant, engaging and fast flowing yet as Sam spoke you could have heard a pin drop while the audience took in the astonishing facts:
- For women’s education, Australia is currently ranked number 1 in the world, with 100 women studying at university for every 72 men.
- But on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index, Australia ranks 50th – declining from 15th place in 2006.
- In terms of economic participation and opportunities for women, Australia ranks 70th, down from 12th place in 2006.
What on earth is going on?
As Sam pointed out, women are grossly underrepresented in the top ranks of politics, business, sport, the arts, media, academia, the trades … While women don’t necessarily seek the same paths as men, we deserve access to the same opportunities and outcomes. To exclude women from the decision-making table is a shocking waste of investment and talent in this country.
It’s clear that we need to address some fundamental challenges currently embedded in our society – and we can do this, given enough political and societal will.
As you all know, I am not a politician, but I do believe, among other things, that seeking and achieving equality and respect for women in our community should, and can, be one of the highest priorities for our federal parliament. From that level so much can be achieved yet ironically it is exactly at that level that so much needs to be done. To me equality is not something to just “strive” for. It is something that can be achieved using practical strategies.
I’m running as North Sydney’s Independent at the next federal election because as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic, I see an enormous opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, and dare to build back better.
Together, let’s change the climate in Canberra. KT
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October 28, 2022
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