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The theme for Queensland Women's Week 2019 was Invest in women. Invest in the future.

This theme recognised that improving women’s and girls’ financial literacy and capability improves their economic security, which has benefits for the entire community

Economic security is a key priority of the Queensland Women’s Strategy. The strategy provides a framework for government, the private sector and the wider Queensland community to take significant action to achieve gender equality in Queensland.

Women’s financial disadvantage and economic insecurity have far-reaching impacts that can span generations, with many factors influencing women’s ability to achieve economic security. Some of these factors include:

  • external and social influences such as inflexible workplaces, family dynamics, cultural pressures and gendered stereotypes
  • women’s and girls’ participation in traditionally male-dominated fields of study
  • gender pay gap, including the undervaluing of traditionally female roles (both paid and unpaid) and industries such as teaching, early childhood education and care, nursing and community services
  • the retirement income gap between women and men
  • access to safe and affordable housing.

What is being done

Recent initiatives across the private and public sectors to improve women’s economic security are reaping great benefits.

Check out the Queensland Women’s Strategy Community Implementation Plan to view the full list of economic security initiatives.

You can also download a copy of the 2018 women’s economic security report card (PDF) to find out how Queensland is faring in this area.

Useful information

Check out these websites for practical information and tools to help improve your financial literacy:

Additional information and tools are available on the Queensland women’s website, including a service locator to help find contact details for government and community services relevant to Queensland women and girls. You can search for services in your region across a wide range of categories.

International Women's Day theme

Established by the United Nations (UN) in 1975, International Women’s Day (IWD) is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality and was established to accelerate progress to meet the needs of women and girls worldwide.

Each year UN Women National Committee Australia announces a national IWD theme. To find out more, visit their website or follow them on social media.