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Australian Medical Women and International Women’s Day 2021 – Video Message

Hello, I’m Magdalena Simonis, President of the Australian Federation of Medical Women. The United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day (IWD2021 is ” Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.
We all have suffered due to COVID -19, but this chapter has further exposed the gender inequity that exists and has even increased the gap. It’s time to declare a 40/40/20 rule in gender representation in leadership across all levels of government, industry and the workplace, so as to fully leverage the potential of women’s leadership and the benefits of diversity. Women in science and medicine nationally and internationally, have shown incredible leadership in dealing with this global pandemic and yet still at most levels, the agency of women is not included in all decision making. Daily, women’s rights are still being challenged based upon biological differences and this bias has created deep, systemic inequities we need to amend. Gender equity benefits all of society, so I encourage you to take the challenge and commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

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