Men and women can fight gender inequality

UNDERSTANDABLY, women and girls may be feeling a bit disheartened across Australia as 2016 draws to a close.

Hillary Clinton’s shock defeat by Donald Trump in the US presidential election hurt for many of us.

It was also a shock reminder of the misogynistic behaviour our first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, was subjected to when she held Australia’s top job.

Women face everyday sexism every day.

In Australia, research by Plan International revealed that just eight per cent of girls and young women feel they’re always treated equally to boys. Only 14 per cent say they always receive the same opportunities to succeed as boys. 

Following our event on how to tackle everyday sexism, participants including government representatives, researchers, journalists and the online community outlined strategies we can all adopt, both men and women, to fight gender inequality.

Check your language, don’t say “you run like a girl”.

Instead of telling girls they look beautiful, tell them they’re strong.

Call out everyday sexism, and stop laughing at sexist remarks.

Check your unconscious bias, there’s no such thing as men’s work or women’s work, boy’s or girl’s chores.

Susanne Legena,

Plan International Australia deputy CEO

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