Australia Awards aims to ensure the equal participation and benefit, to the programme, by men and women. Both men and women have a vital role to play as transformative leaders in promoting gender equality and social inclusion in their workplace and communities.
The empowerment of women and girls is an integral part of Australia’s aid program. Australia Awards is committed to promoting gender equality. This encompasses enabling women to have a say in decisions that profoundly affect their lives and enjoy the benefits that accrue from gender-transformative development. Often, women do not enjoy the same opportunities and benefits as men in many countries, which puts them at a disadvantage. Consequently, every effort is made to redress gender disparities across the awards cycle. Australia Awards works with to ensure that as many eligible women as possible are reached at the award promotions stage.
Gender equality is an integral part of the Australian Government’s development policy. Gender equality priorities include the following:
- Enhancing women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace-building
- Promoting women’s economic empowerment
- Ending violence against women and girls
For more information, view the Australian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy.