This bid theme will be prominent in all bid-related activities, both in the lead up to the host city decision, post-decision in the lead up to WD2022, and beyond 2022 in any legacy programs.


The Australian Government has a steadfast and ongoing commitment to be at the forefront of efforts to promote the empowerment of women and girls. The Government recognises the extraordinary contributions that Australia’s more women make every day to our communities, families, workplaces and the economy. Key initiatives include:

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy; strengthening ability to engage in policy dialogue in the region and beyond

Women’s Leadership Initiative; a five-year program promoting women’s leadership in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Region

National Women’s Health Strategy 2020-2030; improving heath and wellbeing of women in Australia

Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012–2018; supporting the United Nation’s agenda to ensure better outcomes for women in conflict


The Victorian Government is committed to addressing gender inequality in all its forms. The following highlights some key strategies and initiatives introduced to ensure Australia is at the forefront of efforts to empower women and girls:

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

Australia’s First Gender Equality Bill

Creation of Respect Victoria; Australia’s first ever dedicated family violence prevention agency

Establishing Family Safety Victoria; focusing on delivering family violence reform

2016 Royal Commission into Family Violence


Australia’s gender equality community is passionate and dedicated to achieving advancements for our local women and girls as well as those across the Asia Pacific region. These organisations go beyond the boundaries to implement real change through the programs and services they deliver. Initiatives include:

Women’s Action for Voice and Empowerment (WAVE); a civil and political participation program in the Asia Pacific region building capability of women in governance

World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza the WHO Collaborating Centre for Viral Hepatitis at Doherty Institute; providing extensive training to health practitioners and governments in the Asia Pacific region

We Rise; training, empowering and supporting women in Fiji working towards gender equality, freedom and human rights

Take a Stand; supporting workplaces preventing and addressing domestic violence

1800 My Options; an information hotline for women on contraception, pregnancy and sexual health, a first for Australia

Not in my Workplace; a movement to eliminate the risks and occurrence of sexual harassment in the workplace