Women’s Health Data: Women’s representation

Women’s representation is an important measurement of their status in society. Increasing the numbers of women in a range of key decision making spheres such as in politics and on company boards will mean women’s voices are heard and that women’s needs are considered.

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Key statistics

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds

Women with disabilities

Same-sex attracted women

Young women


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Published: February 2014

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