Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins.
GEN VIC understands violence against women as a violation of human rights, a consequence of structural gender inequality and centuries of poor attitudes and bad behaviors towards women. Ending gendered violence requires long-term, dedicated intergenerational policy commitment, and activity that only democratic parliaments, legislation, and policymaking can deliver.
A diverse and gender-equal Parliament is critical for a representative democracy in Australia. Without a safe and equal Parliament, we cannot expect safe and equal laws or gender-equal budgetary investment.
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