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Domestic violence prevention, narrowing the gender pay gap and women’s health concerns are the key takeaways in this year’s Federal Budget when it comes to women.

A breast cancer drug will be subsidized and as announced last week, millions will be poured into endometriosis prevention and management.

There are also changes to paid parental leave, allowing parents to split their 20 weeks as they see fit and extending the scheme to more single parents.

In what will be a welcome relief for women suffering from breast cancer, the Federal Government says from May 1 it will subsidize the cost of the drug Trodelvy, which is used to treat triple negative breast cancer.

Currently without a subsidy, patients have been paying over $ 80,000 per course of treatment.

The Federal Government also reiterated its new $ 58.3 million investment into the diagnosis, treatment and management of endometriosis.

The Morrison government says it’s also forking out $ 23 million over four years to help families who have experienced stillbirths or miscarriage, including establishing bereavement resources and education.

Helping people with eating disorders is also a focus, with $ 24.3 million set aside to establish a pilot program to identify evidence-based models of care.

Women’s safety was shot to the forefront of the Australian political landscape over the past year, following Brittany Higgins’ parliamentary sexual assault allegations and former Australian of the Year Grace Tame’s powerful condemnation on inaction over ending violence against women and children.

On average, one woman is killed by a partner every 11 days and as of 2018, the rate of police-recorded sexual assaults was almost seven times higher for women compared to men.

To combat domestic violence, the Federal Government says it is committing a further $ 1.3 billion over six years to spur change under what it calls its National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032.

The plan is set to come into place around half-way through the year.

The additional funding will focus on the four primary pillars – prevention, early intervention, response, and recovery.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said “more frontline services, emergency accommodation, and support to access legal and health services for women and children in need” will be available as part of the funding package.

The funding is being split in four ways:

· $ 222.6 million is going towards improving initiatives to prevent gendered violence, which includes expanding the role of the national prevention organization Our Watch to improve its reach in diverse communities

· $ 328.2 million is being provided to help create programs focused on early intervention and prevention, such as early intervention campaigns aimed at boys and young men

· $ 480.1 million is being allocated to fund programs that support women and children experiencing domestic violence, including extending the Escaping Violence Payments and Safe Places program

· $ 290.9 million is being provided to strengthen programs that support the recovery of domestic violence victims and survivors, including funding new pilot programs

A dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Action Plan is also being established as part of the funding support to end violence against women and children.

It will be led by the Aboriginal and Torres Advisory Council on family, domestic violence, and sexual violence.

Women’s economic security

The Budget claims the “gender pay gap continues to narrow” but also acknowledges “there is still more work to do to progress women’s economic security”.

The gender pay gap currently sits at 13.8 per cent, with women earning around $ 255.30 per week less than men.

Women continue to experience gender discrimination, be in lower-paid jobs, and are more likely to be affected by having and caring for children.

The Morrison government says it will invest $ 482 million to provide women with greater flexibility and choice about how to manage work and care and support them in entering more diverse industries and leadership positions.

Part of the funding includes $ 18.5 million over four years for the Workplace Gender Equality Agency to help implement recommendations from the review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act.

To increase the number of women in trades, the Federal Government says it will invest $ 38.6 million.

Another $ 10.3 million will be given to help create leadership, safety, and employment opportunities for women in sports.

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