For me, Mother’s Day is one of the best days of the year. Putting its commercialisation aside, I love that on this one day people all across the country are thinking of their mums and, if they’re lucky enough to still have them around, thanking them for everything they have done.

Our mothers were born into a world much different to our own. In her lifetime, my mother has seen women go from being a rarity in the workplace to being a staple of the workforce.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further the march towards gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.

The Commission has provided a submission on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission congratulates the Victorian Government on the release of its Gender Equality Strategy.

Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks the extra time from the end of the financial year that women have to work in order to earn the same amount as men.

Each year, the Victorian Honour Roll celebrates 20 exceptional women who have made a significant and lasting contribution to their local community, the nation or the world.

Women with an intellectual disability are almost 70 per cent more likely to be victims of domestic violence, but they are often overlooked by shelters and support services because their needs are seen as too complicated, as reported by the ABC's PM program on 26 May.

Recent news coverage has reported on a story of a primary school refusing a female student’s request to wear pants to school. The Grade 1 student wished to wear pants because she was uncomfortable playing sport, running and climbing in her heavy school tunic and thick stockings. Although the school has agreed to allow the girl to wear pants after her parents raised it with the school and is reconsidering its policy, the incident has raised the issue of discrimination based on sex in the area of education.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Domestic Violence Victoria and Vic Health are partnering with the Centre for Advancing Journalism to investigate how media coverage influences community attitudes towards violence against women.

Opinion piece by Commissioner Kate Jenkins as published in the Australian Financial Review, 30 July 2014.

As we prepare to celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March – it is also an opportunity to remember that in Victoria, women are still paid less than men for performing the same work, face sexual harassment in the workplace and are discriminated against in many areas of life.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and Football Federation Victoria have thrown their support behind this year's Pride Football Australia tournament to show there is no place for homophobia in football.

The Federal Government took an historic step in June by passing the Sex Discrimination (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Amendment Bill 2013, making it unlawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.

International Women's Day is a day for celebration and a call to action for both men and women. Because equality is not just a "women's issue" – things that are good for women also benefit the whole community.

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