Home - Claire Moore - Labor Senator for Queensland

MOTIONS - International Women's Day

Senator MOORE (Queensland) (16:24): I, and also on behalf of Senators Gallagher and Waters, move:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that International Women's Day will be observed on 8 March 2016;

(b) recognises that the day has its origins in the labour movement, and that 8 March was the date of the New York garment workers' strike of 1908, in which women called for an end to sweatshops and child labour;

(c) acknowledges that International Women's Day is a day to seek the need for further progress in advancing the political and economic welfare of women at home and across the world;

(d) recognises that:

(i) violence against women and their children is preventable, and that gender inequality is the core of the problem and the heart of the solution,

(ii) gender parity is linked to economic prosperity, and

(iii) increasing the numbers of women filling positions of leadership in Australian workplaces is a key part of addressing equal pay; and

(e) in marking International Women's Day, recommits to promoting gender equality, and to advancing the political and economic welfare of women, domestically and internationally.

Question agreed to.