Women are a little over half the adult Australian population and there are persistent over, under and mis-representations of women within our society.
Women comprise about half of the Australian workforce, yet they continue to be under-represented in visible leadership roles, in key executive and board positions and as parliamentarians.# Women’s voices are not being heard. The paucity of women leaders in key forums of critical decision-making in our society restricts, diminishes and silences women’s voices.^
One woman is killed each week by her partner or former partner. A quarter of women have experienced violence from their partner and women are three times more likely than men to experience this kind of domestic violence. One in three Australian girls and women have experienced physical violence, since the age of 15.* Domestic violence is under-reported and the media’s treatment of violence against women forms part of the context for the prevalence of domestic violence.
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* Facts and Figures ourwatch.org.au
# Australian Census of Women in Leadership and Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments 2014
^ News Media and the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children: Emerging evidence, insights and lessons 2017 ourwatch.org.au