TSL: Senator writes op-ed on Australian approach to development assistance
Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator Penny Wong, has written an op-ed on quality of development assistance and gender equity, focused on the Pacific. In this she emphasized the need for more to be done through the Australian development program to address structural impediments to equity. Wong highlighted the need for aid to create an enabling environment, particularly in health and education, quoting the high maternal death rates in the Pacific and Timor Lest, the effect of the USA’s Global Gag Rule, and the high rates of cervical cancer in the region.
Wong concluded that the eradication of gender inequality would be a hallmark of a future Labour government’s approach to development assistance.