Women are the solution, not the problem.
Today Prime Minister Gillard announced that Australia will invest $320 million into gender equality projects in the Pacific to foster women's involvement in business and political leadership.
Radio shock jock Alan Jones has been vocal criticising the announcement, suggesting women’s involvement in business and politics should not be supported and that women are in fact ‘destroying the joint’.
He couldn’t be more wrong. Women around the world are helping address some of the world’s biggest social and economic problems - fighting issues like extreme poverty, corruption and hunger.
We know that the investment of foreign aid can play a crucial role in supporting their work - and that women’s participation in business and government can help build more stable, prosperous societies that can trade their way out of poverty.
We want to show that Australians know the importance of investing in women. Add your support by signing our card.
1. Addressing gender inequality in the Pacific, Prime Minister of Australia Press Office (29 August 2012)
2. Alan Jones: Women are "destroying the joint", Herald Sun (31 August 2012)
You can learn more about Agnes Nara, the inspiring woman on the front of our card, here.
Dear Prime Minister Gillard,
We know the importance and value of investing in women.
We know that women's involvement in business and political leadership is crucial to addressing the world's problems and that programs fostering women's leadership are an incredibly important aspect of Australia's foreign aid program.
We want to say thank you for investing in gender equality projects and supporting women's leadership in the Pacific.