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Home > News > 2019 > June > First Gender Equality Framework for Northern Territory

First Gender Equality Framework for Northern Territory

Topics : Equity

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is developing the territory’s first Gender Equality Framework this year with the help of individuals, community and advisory groups, and interested organisations in urban, rural and remote parts of the NT.shutterstock_72424501_web.jpg

The Office of Gender Equity and Diversity is undertaking consultations until Thursday, 1 August 2019 to develop the Gender Equality Framework.

The four key focus areas of the consultation are: safety; health and wellbeing; economic security; and, leadership and participation.

Territorians can provide input to the consultation by responding to questions outlined in the consultation document released by the Office of Gender Equity and Diversity.

Submissions and comments can be made through the NT Government’s ‘Have Your Say’ website, or through face-to-face consultations – a schedule of which can be found on the Office’s website: https://territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au/

Using our collective voice

Our union encourages all IEU members in the NT to take part in the consultation as it is an important territory-wide conversation about how gender inequities manifest in the community and the ways to address them from both local and government levels.

Using our collective voice will ensure the framework truly reflects the lived experiences of Territorians and can be used to design tailored, relevant and sensitive approaches to gender-based inequalities in the NT.

IEU Organiser and Equity Committee Convenor Caryl Davies said it was important that NT members provide feedback on the consultation document.

“Everyone will have different contributions to make towards gender equality which is why it is critical the Framework is informed with localised knowledge and experiences.

“Our union uses our collective voice and power to work towards gender equality as it significantly impacts the education sector which has a majority of female employees.

“In Australia, working women are more likely to be in insecure work, still suffer from a gender pay gap, will retire with 47% less super than men and are very likely to experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

“We will continue to support the conversations and collective action needed to address discrimination, gender-based violence, biases and harmful stereotypes,” Ms Davies said.

Why a Gender Equality Framework is important

Taking meaningful action on gender inequality is essential to creating a culture that values and upholds equity in all its forms and ensures all people feel safe and respected as equals. 

“Achieving gender equality benefits everyone as it can lead to communities with better quality of life, lower levels of depression and violence as well as stronger economies,” Ms Davies said.

The Northern Territory Gender Equality Framework aims to address the gender inequities occurring in the NT which include the highest rates of domestic, family and sexual violence in Australia; high levels of ill health and chronic disease and the second highest gender pay gap in Australia.

The Framework will also focus on long-term strategies to challenge systematic gender inequalities, build evidence-based approaches, share responsibility and strengthen community partnerships.

To read the consultation paper, visit https://territoryfamilies.nt.gov.au/

To comment on the development of the Framework, email tf.oged@nt.gov.au

You can contact the Office of Gender Equity and Diversity on (08) 8999 8373

Submissions close Thursday, 1 August 2019.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.