According to the 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF), Australia has ranked 39 out of 149 for overall gender equality. In 2006, Australia ranked 15. 
“International Women’s Day gives us a great opportunity to pause and reflect each year, but our commitment has to be for the whole year,” said Kareen Riley-Takos, General Manager - Operations of Standards Australia.
Closing the gender gap in different aspects of the community, from the boardroom to sports coverage, is the focus of this year’s International Women’s Day.
This year’s campaign ‘Balance for Better' reflects on gender balance needing attention all the time, everywhere noting that balance drives a better working world.
“Usually, the term balance is associated with ‘work’ and ‘life’, which is very important in the modern working environment. Why would gender be any different?” said Ms Riley-Takos.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have a diverse and gender balanced organisation and Senior Leadership team.
“We know this helps us make better decisions and deliver on our mandate. The more diversity and balance we can bring, the better we will be in developing comprehensive standards that support the community and make Australian life better.”
 The Global Gender Gap Report – 2018 - WEF