We don’t want a two lane recovery, where men are on a fast track of job stimulus and infrastructure spending, while women are in an economic slow lane to nowhere.
“To build back better we have to deal with what was going wrong before the virus and how COVID-19 has exacerbated these inequalities”
The COVID19 pandemic has impacted men and women differently. In Australia, more women have been infected by the virus than men and more women have also died from it. Women have also shouldered the economic impact, so much so that the pandemic economic downturn is being called a she-cession.
Government has a fundamental role to play in rebuilding the economy, especially after disaster. Job creation stimulus, investment in public infrastructure building and the growth of public sector workforces are important strategies for delivering gender equality. The spending choices of governments after a catastrophic event determine the opportunities for individuals, families, communities and the entire State. Which is why, GEN VIC and so many other organisations dedicated to gender equality have been calling on governments to build back better from the virus by delivering a gender equal recovery plan.
Why Victoria needs a Gender Equal Recovery
GEN VIC’s 20/21 Pre-Budget Statement
Have your say!
We want your opinions on what a gender equal recovery should look like in Victoria. You can tell us what you think we should be calling for, in order to ensure gender equity for all Victorians, by submitting a response to our survey here.
#CredibleWomen respond to the Federal Budget
Letters to the Treasurer(s)
Before the anouncement of both the Federal and the Victorian State budgets, GEN VIC wrote to Treasurers Tim Pallas and Josh Frydenberg calling for a gender equal recovery, and for the upcoming budgets to be gender equal and gender responsive. You can read the letters sent to each of these treasurers below. We are proud to have joined with a broad coallition of women in calling for a Gender Equal Recovery, and letting government know the many ways that equality can be realised in COVID-19 recovery.