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The Tasmanian Government is committed to equal participation for all Tasmanians and to removing gender-based barriers which affect their full participation in society. Gender analysis enables agencies to analyse systematically whether the outcomes of policies, programs and services are equitable.
Tasmanian and Commonwealth legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender:
Gender analysis is part of best practice. Policies, programs and services developed on the basis of gender analysis will have greater credibility and validity among those affected by them and can be better targeted. While it is not practical for every policy, program or service to be designed on the basis of all the characteristics of each person, gender is a necessary consideration that results in economic and social benefits.
Australia has endorsed international conventions and agreements concerning equality for women. These include the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The Convention commits Australia to taking specific steps to eliminate discrimination against women and work towards equality for women in all areas of social, economic and political life. Tasmania, states and territories, are required to report on how it is meeting its obligations in these areas.
The Beijing Platform for Action, developed at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, provides strategic objectives to promote better achievement of the CEDAW. At the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995) +15 held in 2010, the Australian Government committed to strengthening the provision of gender analysis, advice and mainstreaming across Government to ensure women’s issues and gender equality are taken into consideration in policy and program development and implementation.