Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie and Aunty Lyn Warren. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

SOMETIMES it takes a celebrity voice to cut through the noise and start a conversation about gender equality but the discussion around women’s rights had gone beyond the initial revelations in Hollywood, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee executive officer Tricia Currie said yesterday.
At a breakfast celebrating International Women’s Day, Ms Currie said momentum was building behind the voices of women and it would be helped by moves to reinstate the economic measure of unpaid and domestic which Labor have promised to do if they win government. The time use survey was last conducted in Australia in 2006 but is used in most advanced economies to inform policy related to labour market including child care, parental leave and even health and transport.
Ms Currie said yesterday a social determinant of health was that women’s productivity in the workforce or at home needed to be acknowledged.
She said there was still an imbalance in pay, which the United Nations estimated would take 220 years to remedy at the current rate of progress.
The momentum this year was captured in the publication of claims of historic sexual harassment suffered by women in the world’s entertainment industry.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres referred to the demands for change in his International Women’s Day address.
“We are at a pivotal moment for women’s rights,” Mr Guterres said.
Ms Currie said women were taking the message reported in the media and asking themselves what it meant for them.
“It is that personalisation that is happening now,” she said.