Happy International Women’s Day to all the remarkable women representing volunteering in Australia. Thank you for your hard work and dedication and for inspiring future generations to support their community through volunteering.
UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day theme for 2023 is ‘Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future’. This theme highlights the role that bold, transformative ideas, inclusive technologies, and accessible education can play in combatting discrimination and the marginalisation of women globally.
The National Strategy for Volunteering 2023-2033 is ‘cracking the code’ for a reimagined future for volunteering. The National Strategy highlights that we need to do more work to investigate how a person’s gender affects their experience of and access to volunteering.
Gender dynamics in volunteering, including the relationship with paid work and domestic labour, needs greater exploration to ensure volunteering does not continue to perpetuate power imbalances and systemic barriers that exclude certain people from volunteering.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress and to celebrate the courage and determination of the girls and women who have changed history by calling out for change and standing up for gender equality.
Let’s unite as change makers, cracking the code to gender equality.