Investing in gender equality is beneficial to communities and smart economics. Empowering women and girls stimulates economic growth and promotes stability in our region.

Today I launch the Gender Action Platform (GAP), a competitive grants program for non-government organisations (NGOs) promoting gender equality for women and girls in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Australian Government's $10 million investment in the GAP will enable NGOs accredited under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) to develop and implement projects that empower and improve outcomes for women and girls.

The GAP builds on the Coalition Government's efforts to support initiatives that promote women's economic empowerment, women's participation in leadership and peacebuilding, and drive progress in ending gender based violence.

Women's empowerment has been prioritised in our foreign policy agenda and aid program through appointing an Ambassador for Women and Girls, creating a $55 million Gender Equality Fund, setting an ambitious 80% target for achieving meaningful impact and developing Australia's first Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment strategy.

The GAP complements the Government's $320 million commitment over 10 years to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of women in the Pacific. Research has shown global gross domestic product could rise by as much as two per cent, or US$1.5 trillion, if women and men entrepreneurs could participate equally in the economy.

The Government is committed to working with our partners to advance gender equality and invite ANCP NGOs to submit a proposal for the GAP by 30 November 2016.

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