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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 March 2018) . . Page.. 803 ..


Women’s support services

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra) (11.21): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the strength, determination and talent of Canberra women, who support and lead our community across all fields of industry, public administration, health, education, the arts, sport, and the community sector;

(2) celebrates:

(a) progress being made in addressing gender inequality, while noting that women still face social and economic barriers to their full and free participation in society, including workplace inequality, domestic, family and intimate partner violence, and unequal distribution of family and household responsibilities; and

(b) the diversity of the ACT community, including all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and questioning individuals;

(3) acknowledges the work of community organisations in the ACT in supporting women and advocating for their rights;

(4) further notes the ongoing work of the ACT Government to promote true gender equality and to support women and girls to reach their full potential, including by:

(a) providing access to specialist health services;

(b) expanding women’s health infrastructure and improving accessibility, through the expansion of the Centenary Hospital and new nurse-led Walk-in Centres;

(c) promoting women’s participation in sports through grants and high profile sporting events and improving access to appropriate sporting facilities; and

(d) recognising the barriers to women in the workplace by improving Government board and public sector representation;

(5) supporting people’s reproductive health by having clear and defined policies on reproductive health, providing support for accessing termination services, and continuing to work to identify and address barriers to accessing termination services for Canberrans, including affordability;

(6) encourages all Members of the Legislative Assembly to:

(a) make personal and professional pledges to promote gender equality in their lives; and

(b) call out instances of gender inequality and gender-based harassment that they see to support victims and promote a culture of respect; and

(7) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to drive outcomes in the Women’s Action Plan 2017-2019 with adequate resources and the Safer Families package and report on the progress being made against those commitments;

(b) commit to reviewing and amending part 6 of the Health Act 1993;


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