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Please read this month’s opening letter from CEO, Julie Reilly OAM below and click through to read more about our current research projects, events, and advocacy.
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I hope this finds you well and with plenty of wind in your sails to navigate the busy lead up to the year’s end.
The approaching holiday season inevitably brings a degree of heightened urgency, and we’re acutely aware that the added weight of the recent referendum loss, and the shock, grief and distress about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East creates an additional challenge that can make it hard to feel festive. We feel deeply for all of those whose lives have been affected by the appalling violence and ongoing conflict and are concerned by rising reports of division and racism both here and abroad.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a tradition founded in 2012 in the U.S. as a day following the Thanksgiving holiday that encourages people to do good, including through charitable giving. It is a fitting day to sign the petition against all forms of racism published in all our major newspapers today. You can add your support at saynotoantisemitism.org and share the campaign on social media – we encourage everyone to do so. Below we include guidance on how you can support those affected on both sides of the devastating conflict in Israel and Gaza, and other conflicts and disasters around the world.
As always, we encourage you to consider the impact of your giving on women and girls and invest in a way that both multiplies social impact and accelerates progress towards gender equality. This is particularly relevant in the continuing efforts to overcome the entrenched inequality faced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, in particular indigenous women and girls, so that their life outcomes are equal to all Australians, as discussed at the recent meeting of the Joint Council on Closing the Gap led by The Hon. Linda Burney MP, Minister for Indigenous Australians.
In the post pandemic world we’ve seen the Federal Government increase its commitment to gender sensitive budgeting and to finding ways to achieve economic equality for women, including through the establishment of the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce that has recently tabled its final report, Women’s Economic Equality: A 10-year plan to unleash the full capacity and contribution of women to the Australian economy.
And there have been promising signs of progress this year in sport, with the phenomenal success of the Matildas and the Australian women’s cricket team, in business and government with women appointed to senior leadership roles of major institutions, and in the feminist activism and economic impact of cultural icon Taylor Swift who will tour Australia in February 2024.
However critical research reports published this year, including the philanthropically funded Gender Compass Report from Plan Australia that AIIW will revisit in the new year with Philanthropy Australia, remind us that there is a still of LOT of work to do.
We’re thrilled to announce that AIIW has invested, alongside Minderoo Foundation, in a second piece of research by Deloitte Access Economics providing solutions to the problems outlined in the 2022 Breaking the Norm report, which found that gender norms cost the economy by reducing the size, skill, and productivity of the workforce. We thank the Bell Family Foundation for enabling our impactful research agenda, driving evidence based philanthropic and broader investment.
Please read the full newsletter for news, events and impactful projects you can fund to ensure a positive impact on the lives of women and girls and create a fairer future for all.
With sincere thanks and warm regards,