On 25 and 26 November Breakthrough – a two-day event run by Victorian Women's Trust on gender equality – brought big ideas, leading thinkers and passionate change makers together in Melbourne. We were proud to support the event that will help shape the future of equality in Australia.
About 100 prominent speakers attended the event and delivered inspiring speeches. Among them were politicians and artists, journalists and lawyers, writers and women’s rights activists from all backgrounds, which emphasised the diverse nature of the problem of inequality.
The workshop, Life, Relationships + Money: Discuss, saw participants discuss roadblocks that prevent women from financial independence, and ways to remove these.
In Australia, average weekly earnings are 16.2% less for women than for men based on full-time employment, and average superannuation balances for women at retirement are 52.8% less than those for men.
Participants in the session had backgrounds ranging from finance to law and social work, and came up with ideas like equipping women to talk about money and finding ways to help families share responsibilities more equally.
Bank Australia supports women’s economic security and the ideas from Breakthrough will help us in developing our own response to financial equality. These insights will contribute to our ongoing work to address financial inclusion and family violence, and explore partnerships with other organisations.