Why women’s rights?
Women's rights are a key focus area for ActionAid Australia because we believe ending poverty and injustice will only be possible when we secure equality and rights for women and girls.
ActionAid takes sides with disadvantaged women and girls so they can exercise their rights - socially, sexually, politically and economically.
We also know that women are strong in the face of hardship and have an inner strength that can’t be underestimated. We seek to address women's rights directly by changing the power relationships between women and men.
How do we do this?
ActionAid funds projects around the world which support women to claim their rights as well as campaign for change.
We work with women and girls to challenge blatant discrimination in law, policy and decision making, as well as hidden forms of discrimination embedded in culture and tradition.
- 70 per cent of those living in poverty— living on less than a dollar a day— are women.
- Women perform 66 per cent of the world's work, produce 50 per cent of the food, but earn just 10 per cent of the income and own one per cent of the property.
- Acts of violence against women cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined (UN Women 2010).
- Men still have a monopoly on decision-making at every level from village councils to national government, so many policies and laws ignore women's needs.
- Women are often not allowed to own property or keep the money they earn.
Women in disasters
ActionAid prioritizes women’s rights and protection and ensures women’s rights are upheld in the aftermath of disasters.
Our research and experience on the ground has shown us that women are disproportionately affected by disasters of any kind and violations of their rights increase significantly in the aftermath of disasters.
Yet women are leaders in responding to disasters as crucial caregivers to their families and communities. We support women to lead their local communities in response to emergencies.
What about women in Australia?
ActionAid fully acknowledges the ongoing women’s rights struggles in Australia. We don’t have any programs operating in Australia we are fully supportive of women’s rights or community organisations that do.
We work to build solidarity between Australian women and the men who support them with the women we work with around the world. We believe that solidarity between women is essential to create a global feminist movement and challenge the status quo.
We often post about and in solidarity women's issues in Australia on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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