Department of Family and Community Services

NSW Women’s Strategy – Public consultation

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NSW Government

The NSW Government invites all members of the community to provide input to the NSW Women’s Strategy.

You can provide feedback through the Have Your Say NSW Women’s Strategy Survey. Information on other feedback options is provided below.

What is this consultation about?

The NSW Government is developing the NSW Women’s Strategy, a whole-of-government, whole-of-community policy framework to improve gender equality and gender equity in NSW.

The strategy is planned to be released later this year.

The aim of the strategy is to improve equality and equity for women and girls in every aspect of their lives.

The objectives of the strategy are:

  • To understand the diverse experiences of gender inequality and gender inequity of women and girls across their lifespan.
  • To increase engagement with the whole community on improving gender equality and gender equity.
  • To identify areas for focused action and investment.
  • To support men and boys to engage with issues of gender inequality and gender inequity.
  • To develop an evidence-based framework for achieving change.

The overarching areas of focus that will be addressed in the strategy include:

  • Health, wellbeing and safety
  • Economic empowerment
  • Culture and identity
  • Leadership and work

Please refer to the NSW Women Strategy – data snapshot (PDF) for key statistics across the overarching focus areas.

The strategy will explore how women’s experiences of gender inequality and gender inequity can be exacerbated by and intersect with other forms of inequality, disadvantage and discrimination, such as:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender identity
  • Geographic location
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Cultural identity
  • Sexuality
  • Employment status

What is gender inequality and gender inequity?

Gender inequality refers to unequal opportunities for groups of women and men, and girls and boys, to access and control social, economic and political resources. It refers to equality of opportunity.

Alternatively, gender inequity refers to the different needs, preferences and interests of women and men, and girls and boys. This may mean that different treatment is needed to ensure equality of opportunity.

Gender equality and gender equity are complementary strategies that are required to reduce gender-based inequities (World Health Organisation 2017).

What will happen to the information I give?

Your feedback will contribute to the development of the NSW Women’s Strategy.

Your feedback will help to ensure that the strategy meets the diverse needs of individuals, organisations and communities across NSW.

Will I be identified?

Responses to this consultation are anonymous and held confidentially according to the NSW Government's privacy practices. The collection, storing, using and disclosing personal and health information are regulated by the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW).

How can I give feedback?

Consultation questions have been drafted to guide your comments. You do not need to answer all questions. Any other information that assists in the development of the strategy is also welcome.

There are three ways you can have your say:

Have your say by 28 July 2017.

We are seeking feedback from individuals and organisations.

Consultation questions

  1. Why have we not achieved gender equality and gender equity?
  2. Gender inequality and gender inequity can be experienced by all women and girls, regardless of their background and life experience. What are the key challenges affecting women and girls? Why are they important to address?
  3. We know that women and girls experience gender inequality and gender inequity in different ways. What are the particular challenges for women and girls with different characteristics and life experiences?
    Please select a category below that you would like to talk about, and describe the challenges for individuals and/or communities who identify with this category.
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    • Culturally and linguistically diverse
    • Childhood (0-12)
    • Teenagers / young women
    • Older women / Elders
    • LGBTQI
    • Women and girls with disability
    • Regional, rural and remote locations
    • Women and girls in the criminal justice system
    • Women in the workforce
    • Women and girls in care
    • Women in education
    • Mothers
    • Partners
    • Daughters
    • Culture
    • Religion
    • Other (please specify)
  4. Do you know about initiatives, programs or policies (locally or internationally) that are working well to improve gender equality and gender equity? Please tell us what they are and what change they are creating.
  5. What are the most important actions to include in the Strategy? What outcomes would you expect to see from these?
  6. Do you have any other comments or feedback?

Distressing content warning

Some of the words and concepts in this consultation may be distressing to think about.

If you, or someone you know is feeling distressed, please contact:

  • NSW Rape Crisis (1800 424 017) A NSW telephone and online counselling service for anyone who has experienced sexual violence and their supporters. 24 hours, 7 days a week. http://www.nswrapecrisis.com.au/
  • Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) A national phone and online counselling service for your people aged 5 to 25 years, parents and carers. 24 hours, 7 days a week. https://kidshelpline.com.au
  • Lifeline (13 11 14) A national number which can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state. 24 hours, 7 days a week. www.lifeline.org.au

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If you think a child or young person is at risk of harm from abuse or neglect call the Child Protection Helpline (132 111). 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If information about physical or sexual abuse or other serious harm is provided as part of this consultation without any identifying details Women NSW may be unable to act on these reports.

If Women NSW receives information about serious indictable offences, we are under an obligation to pass this information to the NSW Police.

Date Published: 23 Jun 2017