Celebrating International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is a global day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Celebrated around the world on 8 March, it is also a day of collective action for accelerating gender equality.
Research shows that strengthening disability employment is critical to advancing the social and economic inclusion of people with disability. While this remains a challenge in Australia, progress is even slower in developing countries, with women and girls especially vulnerable. According to the World Health Organisation, just 32.9 per cent of girls with disability complete primary school, which has a flow-on effect to employment outcomes later in life. In developing nations, 58.6 per cent of men with disability are employed, compared to 20 per cent of women with disability.
Both in Australia and internationally, we need systems that support job options and career pathways for people with disability. If we are to begin closing the employment gap, private and public sectors need to respond by employing more people with disability and purchasing more from the organisations that employ them.
How can I get involved?
The Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) is dedicated to promoting disability inclusion in developing countries and works in a number of areas which support women and girls with disability. From becoming an ADDC member to volunteering with the consortium, there are many ways to get involved with the ADDC. Find out more on the ADDC website.
Already working in the space?
If you’re currently involved in international disability work, please get in touch with Jessica Lobo, one of our Sector Support Consultants in NSW on 02 9256 3137 or via . NDS is keen to hear from members about their experiences to get input on how we can support other service providers with similar aspirations.