Status of women report card 2023
This report card shows the challenges women and girls in Australia face through youth and young adulthood, in careers and working life, through parenthood and families, and in later life. It looks at education, economic outcomes, health, safety and wellbeing, housing and gender norms.
The extent of violence inflicted on adolescent Aboriginal girls in the Northern Territory
Kylie Stothers, Tamika Williams, Steven Guthridge
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are at very high risk of violence, but there is little evidence about the age at which their higher exposure to violence commences. The aim of this study was to investigate violence inflicted on Aboriginal girls during childhood...
Engendering justice: the sentencing of women and girls in Queensland
This report examines courts data for cases involving women and girls sentenced in Queensland between 2005-06 and 2018-19. It examines trends and patterns in the sentencing of women and girls, and provides insight into factors that contribute to women and girls becoming involved in the...
Lifestyle risk behaviours among adolescents: a two-year longitudinal study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
This research examines changes in the prevalence of six key chronic disease risk factors (the 'Big 6'), from before (2019) to during (2021) the COVID-19 pandemic, among a large and geographically diverse sample of adolescents, and whether differences over time are associated with lockdown status...
Engaging primary girls in STEM
The case for increasing girls’ and women’s interest and uptake in STEM careers has been clearly outlined. This report examines the Australian situation in applying integrated STEM education to the primary school environment, comparing it to policies and initiatives in the developed countries.
Report of the Inquiry into the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific
This report examines Australia’s important ongoing role in the Pacific, in the light of the recently announced 'Pacific Step-up'. In particular, it focuses on the role of civil society, the advancement of the human rights of women and girls, and the effectiveness of Australia’s overseas...
Exploring the decline in wellbeing for Australian girls
This report examines the research and data across a range of young females' wellbeing measures, including physical health, mental health, education, social media and safety.
Identifying Australian high school intervention programs that influence 1st year female students to choose ICT degrees
There is an under-representation of female students in higher education Information and Communication Technology (ICT) degrees. This report shares the outcomes from a pilot study identifying the types of initiatives which are influential in encouraging female students to undertake ICT degrees.
Change the routine: report on the independent review into gymnastics in Australia
Gymnastics Australia engaged the Australian Human Rights Commission in August 2020 to conduct this independent review of culture and practice at all levels of the sport of gymnastics in Australia.
Smart, successful, strong: the case for investing in adolescent girls' education in aid and COVID-19 response and recovery
This report shines a light on the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent girls in South-East Asia and the Pacific and their experiences of accessing secondary education over the last twelve months.
Halting lives: the impact of COVID-19 on girls and young women
COVID-19 is having an impact on all sectors of society across the world. But its impact does not fall equally: the virus is taking advantage of pre-existing inequalities. Plan International commissioned this research to look specifically at the impact of the current pandemic on girls...
How can we better reach women and girls in crises?
This report proposes an approach to ensure that the extensive capacities of the U.S. government in the areas of maternal health, reproductive health, family planning, and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response are no longer left on the sidelines in crisis response and recovery.
Western Australian women’s health and wellbeing policy
This policy document is the result of extensive consultation and considered commentary from a large number of organisations and individuals across the Western Australian health system and community. It aims to provide direction to the health system and its partners on how best to deliver...
Discussion of female genital mutilation/cutting data in Australia
This report discusses existing and potential data sources on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Australia, identifying opportunities to enhance and develop systematically collected data collections.
Towards estimating the prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting in Australia
The World Health Organization estimates that female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) affects over 200 million women and girls across the world. This report provides an indication of the potential number of women and girls living in Australia who may have undergone FGM/C.
It's our time: achieving gender equality for adolescent girls through Australia’s aid program
Gender equality won’t be possible for the next generation of women if adolescent girls, aged 10-19, continue to be left out of our aid and development agenda. This report reveals that there is a 'blind spot' when it comes to the inequalities faced by adolescent...
Single-sex schooling and girls’ achievement in Australia
This presentation of evidence and insights regarding the impact of single-sex schooling on student achievement was presented at the Fearless Girls Strong Women conference, Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia Educators Conference 2018.
AusPlay Focus: Women and girls participation
Using AusPlay data collected from July 2016 to June 2017, this publication delves into the participation of Australian women and girls in sport and physical activity, and the difference between male and female patterns of behaviour.
The dream gap: Australian girls' views on gender equality
This survey of Australian girls (aged 10 to 17 years old) offers a rare insight into how they experiences their world.
"Don’t send me that pic"
Reveals Australian teenage girls’ perceptions about uninvited sexually explicit images, pressure to take and send sexy photographs and cyber bullying.
What does it take? Developing informed and effective tertiary responses to violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Australia
Summary: This paper establishes the current state of knowledge on tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disabilities. The paper outlines: tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and young women with disabilities; and what the evidence says about the...
Class 6 girls and boys in Afghanistan 2013: comparing outcomes of girls and boys from a learning assessment of mathematical, reading and writing literacy
This report presents the results of an assessment of reading, writing and mathematical literacy of Class 6 students in 13 provinces in Afghanistan in relation to the gender of students. Introduction The purpose of the Monitoring Trends in Educational Growth of is to provide information...
Improving educational outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls
Broad improvements in educational performance and school attendance among Aboriginal girls will only occur with support programs tailored to their variety of needs and interests, argues this report.
Aboriginal girls circle: enhancing connectedness and promoting resilience for Aboriginal girls
This report presents an evaluation of the Aboriginal Girls’ Circle, an intervention targeted to increase social connection, participation and self-confidence amongst Aboriginal girls attending secondary schools. Overview The Aboriginal Girls’ Circle (AGC) is an intervention targeted to increase social connection, participation and self- confidence amongst...
Tracking equity: comparing outcomes for women and girls across Australia
This report finds that girls and young women across Australia have achieved equity in education, but gaps remain in workforce participation. About this report In 2012, COAG and the Select Council on Women’s Issues asked the COAG Reform Council to report on the equality of...