26 September 2023

Comment invited on new Women’s Strategy

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The public has been invited to comment on a five-year plan to build a new Queensland Women’s Strategy following the success of the 2016-21 Strategy, which comes to an end this year.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Shannon Fentiman said the new Strategy would focus on the economic security, safety and health of the State’s women and girls.

With the initial strategy coming to an end, Ms Fentiman said it was time to build on the work done to date.

“When we launched the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2016-21, we outlined our vision that the Queensland community respects women, embraces gender equality and promotes and protects the rights, interests and wellbeing of women and girls,” Ms Fentiman said.

“A lot has changed since we released the current Strategy and it’s time to once again seek the views and experiences of women from communities across our State.”

She said COVID-19 had disproportionately impacted women’s social and economic security, making them more vulnerable to domestic, family and sexual violence during the pandemic.

“We need to ensure this Strategy finds solutions to the ongoing impacts created by this pandemic as well as continuing to look at ways to eliminate harassment of women in the workplace and broader society, and addressing the gender pay gap,” Ms Fentiman said.

“The current Women’s Strategy has made significant achievements over the past five years, particularly in the promotion of women’s rights, leadership and efforts to end domestic and family violence in the community.”

She said consultation on the new Strategy would begin with an online survey open to the public until the end of September.

“The opportunity to provide feedback on the new Women’s Strategy closes on 8 October and the Queensland Women’s Strategy 2021-26 is expected to be completed later this year,” Ms Fentiman said.

The 11-page Consultation for a new Queensland Women’s Strategy Discussion paper can be accessed at this PS News link and the online survey at this link.

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