Celebrating International Women’s Day in a COVID-19 world
COVID-19 has changed the way we do many things. We’ve all had to adapt. But, globally, COVID-19 has highlighted persisting gender inequality; in particular that women carry a disproportionate burden of care. And this, in turn, affects women’s employment security.
International Women’s Day (IWD) challenges us to take action for gender equality.
The global UN Women’s theme for IWD is ‘Women in Leadership: achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’. It celebrates the efforts by girls and women in shaping a more equal future, and acknowledges how central women’s contributions are to decision making.
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See what 3 leading women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have to say about achieving an equal future.
About our leading women
- Dr Kudzai Kanhutu is an infectious diseases physician, Deputy Medical Information Officer at Royal Melbourne Hospital and a Superstar of STEM. She has been a frontline worker throughout COVID-19.
- Dr Wafa El-Adhami is Executive Director of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), and an expert in health policy.
- Kate Cole is an engineer and certified occupational hygienist. She is a member of Australia’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce and a Superstar of STEM.
Advancing women in STEM
STEM capability is critical to finding solutions to COVID-19, and to an equal future.
In Australia, women and girls continue to be underrepresented across STEM education and careers, especially in information technology and engineering. And, even where there are higher proportions of women, they are still underrepresented in leadership roles.
Explore the current state of STEM gender equity in Australia in our STEM Equity Monitor. It’s a national data report that follows the STEM pathway from primary school to the workforce.
The Australian Government is committed to driving STEM gender equity so that Australia accesses its entire pool of talent. This includes women in all their diversity. The Advancing Women in STEM strategy sets out our vision of a society that provides equal opportunity for people of all genders to learn, work and engage in STEM.
Promoting women entrepreneurs
For IWD, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology opened a new $11.6 million funding round under the Boosting Female Founders (BFF) Initiative. This initiative helps women entrepreneurs overcome the disadvantages faced in getting access to finance and support.
Expressions of interest close on 22 April 2021.
- The Minister announced the opening of the BFF Initiative on 8 March 2021
- The Minister announced the Superstars of STEM on 3 December 2020
- The Minister launched the Advancing Women in STEM 2020 Action Plan and STEM Equity Monitor on 8 March 2020.
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