THE HON. SCOTT MORRISON, PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, AND THE HON. ANTHONY ALBANESE, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, WILL CO-HOST THE AUSTRALIAN LAUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY THIS MORNING.
|Ministers, Parliamentarians, Departmental Secretaries, and military leaders will gather for UN Women Australia's Parliamentary Breakfast held at Parliament House, this morning. The event marks the launch of International Women's Day 2020 celebrations across Australia, celebrated worldwide on March 8th.
Australia has a long history of supporting International Women's Day (IWD). Central to this, is the partnership between UN Women Australia and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, who supports public IWD events in many capital cities to highlight the achievements of women in our region.
This year, UN Women is celebrating IWD with the theme 'Generation Equality', a call to action to join forces across generations, to create a new vision where every girl and woman everywhere has equal opportunities to lead, learn, earn a decent living, and to live a life free from violence and discrimination.
A valued partner of UN Women, the Australian Government's early and important support since UN Women's establishment in 2010 has made a big impact delivering transformative outcomes for women and girls in the Pacific region and beyond. In the last year alone, UN Women has supported over 23,000 women entrepreneurs in accessing financial services across 25 countries to bolster financial security and independence, provided humanitarian assistance to over 325,000 women and girls in over 48 countries and trained over 10,000 aspiring women leaders to run for office, promoting equal representation.
"This year, we're highlighting the importance of intergenerational collaboration and accelerating action with our theme, 'Generation Equality'. There is still no country in the world that has achieved gender equality, so a big part of this year's theme is to pick up the pace and catalyse transformative, tangible change within a generation. By working together, across generations, from school children to elders, we can realise our shared vision where all of us are free and equal." – Janelle Weissman, Executive Director of UN Women Australia.