In his International Women’s Day speech on Wednesday, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said: “We can be proud that today we have more women in senior roles than at any other time in our history.
“These are women as departmental heads and through staffing ranks, and in our judiciary.
“But this is not enough and continuous action speaks louder than words.”
The PM says we are seeing positive change in our schools, with the number of girls receiving an education continuing to grow.
“By making education free for families, more than one million more students are now in school than five years ago, and most of these new students are girls.”
O’Neill further states that with education, women are better informed to make family planning choices and to be able to decide if and at what point in their lives to have a family.
“We must never let the opportunity for free education be lost in the future, and we must continue to ensure girls have equal an opportunity to enjoy their right to education.”