Notice of Motion – International Women’s Day
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
09 March, 2016

Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. An annual global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women.
  2. International Women’s Day is also an opportune reminder to reflect on the past accomplishments as well as the particular challenges and discrimination that women and girls still face today due to their gender.
  3. The theme of International Women’s Day 2016 is ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality, giving everyone the opportunity to take action to help achieve gender parity.
  4. The Tasmanian Government is committed to addressing the underlying factors that create and maintain gender inequality, and empowering and enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.
  5. One initiative of the Hodgman Liberal Government is to address the gender pay gap, and we are working with the University of Tasmania Gender Policy Strategy Group, so as to highlight the issue of the gender pay gap for young women graduates when entering the workforce and empowering female graduates to negotiate for better pay as they enter the workplace.
  6. Each year an amazing array of events is offered throughout Tasmania to acknowledge International Women’s Day, with events planned throughout the whole week, giving women and men the opportunity to participate in some way. This year, over 30 events will be held in Tasmania, with details available on the DPAC website.
  7. Tomorrow, over 600 guests will attend the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation’s 2016 International Women’s Day Big Breakfast in Hobart with guest speaker Ms Tara Moss who is a best-selling author, journalist, television presenter and human rights advocate.
  8. We thank all those women who have come before us with the challenges that they have faced, and we celebrate all that Tasmanian women have achieved and will achieve in the future.