In the 2022 federal election, we called on political parties to urgently set targets to ensure our Parliament reflects the diversity of the country we live in, because young women and gender-diverse people deserve a place in our democracy.
Thank you to everyone who joined our call for action. Thanks to your support, the new Parliament has greater representation of both women and people of different ethnicities.
Why representation matters
Young women and gender-diverse people should grow up believing anything is possible – that they have opportunities in their lives to shape the world they live in.
Sadly, our national Parliament has not represented the diversity of communities across Australia. Without this representation, valuable perspectives are not being included in decision-making and as we have seen over 2022, a dangerous culture was allowed to run rampant.
We entered the 2022 federal election with a simple ask from all parties: transform parliament into an inclusive and safe arena that young people can aspire to be a part of, and that all Australians can be proud of. At the election, communities used their votes to send a strong message that representation matters.
Thanks to you, the Parliament is now more representative. But it doesn’t end here. We’re going to continue to hold our government to their commitments and ensure they set targets for the representation of people of different ethnicities on top of their existing targets for the representation of women.
Alongside targets, it is critical the government urgently implements the holistic, tangible recommendations in the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Set the Standard report to ensure we tackle discrimination and misogyny in Parliament.
We are proudly non-partisan. We work with all governments and political parties to advocate for a more equal world for children and girls.
Together, with increasingly representative parliamentarians, we will continue to work for equality for girls across the world.
We surveyed more than 1000 young women aged 18-24 – most of them voting for the first time – and asked them about the key barriers to entering politics. We asked our youth activists why diversity and safety was important to them, and drew on their insights on improving the culture of politics throughout this report.
90% of young women surveyed feel it’s easier for men to succeed in politics than women. 82% supported introducing diversity targets as an intervention to ensure the representation of women and people of different ethnicities. You can review the full findings and insights from young people in the report below.