Economic empowerment key message for International Women’s Day 2024


UN Women Australia has today announced the theme for International Women’s Day 2024, ‘Count Her In: Accelerating gender equality through economic empowerment’.


Based on the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women priority theme – ‘Count Her In’ highlights the critical importance of women’s economic empowerment as central to realising women’s rights and gender equality.

International Women’s Day will be held on 8 March 2024.

Simone Clarke, CEO, UN Women Australia, said that when women are empowered to earn and manage their income, make financial decisions and are afforded equal access to finance, everyone benefits.

“Increasing women’s economic empowerment is felt across entire communities. Economies grow, children and families prosper, and importantly, women have resources available to leave abusive situations. This is not just an issue for women, it impacts all of us,” said Ms Clarke.

“We need to ensure all women have equal access, capacity and capability to fully participate in the economy. We need to shift behaviours and perceptions that inhibit economic participation and limit investment in women, while we continue to innovate within systems and institutions that often marginalise women.

"Economic empowerment is about removing barriers to financial inclusion and increasing participation, reshaping systems, and improving financial literacy and increased access to capital for all women.

"We must ensure women and girls are given equal opportunity to build their capabilities and strengthen their capacity to learn, earn and lead.”

UN Women Australia will host major events in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and online, where you can hear from the leaders and changemakers who are working to re-shape systems and remove barriers so that all women and girls can realise their full potential and build better financial futures for all of us.

Details on speakers and ticket sales will be released in the coming months. Visit to register your interest.

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