Diverse women feel left out of Australian IWD celebrations

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The More Voices, More Representation campaign, in partnership with Settlement Services International, surveyed 202 women ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD). The survey data highlights the shortcomings of Australia’s celebrations as much of the country’s diverse population of women feel excluded. The campaign is a result of a coalition of 28 Australian advocates and organisations joining forces to create an International Women’s Day with greater intersectional representation. 

Out of the 202 respondents, 100% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, 83% of women of colour, 83% of black women, 68% of CALD women and 67% of immigrant and refugee women, 80% of respondents with a disability and 71% of people from the LGBTQIA+ community reported that they have felt excluded from IWD celebrations in Australia. 51% of respondents over 55 years  old don’t feel that events and panels surrounding IWD have been representative of their demographic.

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