Executive Director Claire Braund said that government economic and social policy impacted men and women unequally and often produced unintended consequences.
"Looking at policies, in particular budgetary policy, through a gendered lens before making decisions is a very important step that has been long called for, but mostly overlooked. "
She commended Minister for Women, Katy Gallagher, who said the government would move towards making gender analyses of all government policies mainstream, as 'a great step forward in gender equity.'
Claire also commended the work of the National Foundation for Australian Women which has provided a gendered analysis of the budget since the Women's Budget Statement was axed under former Prime Minsiter, Tony Abbott.
Paid Parental Leave
Women on Boards has long supported a move to 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave as a global standard that Australia should both mandate and meet.
PPL payments should also include superannuation, reflecting the fact that PPL be treated as employment leave not social welfare. However, in its 2017 submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016, WOB advocated that there is a lack of equity in an arrangement where many women receive only the Government funded PPL at the minimum wage, while those with employer funded contributions can access both schemes. Click here to read the submission.
What's in it for women? Read our Federal Budget 2022 Report HERE