WGA is proud to announce its membership to the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC) which launches today.

AGEC is Australia’s first independent, national body dedicated to driving gender equality. We are committed to creating the same rights and opportunities for women when it comes to pay, superannuation, the workplace and society.

The members of WGA form part of AGEC’s member network of over 500,000 women and girls. Working together, we aim to drive a cultural shift in Australia’s attitudes towards gender equality through national campaigns, underpinned by rigorous empirical research.

AGEC has released a campaign video, titled “It’s Time” to mark its launch. The video can be viewed below or on the AGEC website.

There are still significant inequalities in Australia – some of which are represented in the video – despite both the suffragette movement and the Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s. These inequalities are what AGEC, with our help, aims to resolve:

  • Women still receive on average 22% less remuneration than men
  • Women’s reproductive freedom is not legislated in every State of Australia
  • 1 in 2 women are discriminated against at work for being mothers
  • Girls receive 27% less pocket money than boys
  • 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence after the age of 15
  • Only 5% of our top businesses are run by women
  • Australia ranks 48th in the world for political representation of women in Parliament
  • Women are retiring on 42% less superannuation than men.

Change is again in the wind represented by a swell of momentum across the globe; the continuing #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in the United States, Women’s Marches of last year, the growing participation in International Women’s Day events and conferences. This current change is what is known as the ‘third wave’.

We ask you to join AGEC in the third and final wave of change. Be part of the grassroots movement, tell your family, your friends and your colleagues. Be part of the moment in time, the movement that one day our great grandchildren will study and admire. It’s Time. Go to www.agec.org.au to support the third wave of change.