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Represent us: Plan International report

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This report from PLAN International Australia draws on surveys of more than 1000 young women aged 18-24 – most of them voting for the first time – asking them about the key barriers to entering politics.

Around 26% of respondents identified as being from a Culturally and Linguistically diverse (CALD) background, around 24% identified as LGBTQ+ and around 14% identified as having a disability.

PLAN International asked respondents why diversity and safety was important to them, and drew on their insights on improving the culture of politics throughout this report.

Key findings:

  • 90% of young women surveyed feel it’s easier for women to succeed in politics than men.
  • 82% supported introducing diversity targets as an intervention to ensure the representation of women and people of different ethnicities.

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