THE HON. SCOTT MORRISON, PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, AND THE HON. BILL SHORTEN, 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 together for UN Women National Committee Australia's Parliamentary Breakfast held at Parliament House, this morning. The event marks the launch of International Women's Day 2019 celebrations across Australia which is 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 National Committee 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 IWD, UN Women National Committee Australia's theme is 'More Powerful Together', recognising the important role women, men and gender diverse peoples play to advance gender equality. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. 'More Powerful Together' is a clarion call for all of us to take a stand in unison for gender equality.
UN Women facilitates comprehensive programs and educational initiatives that contribute to and promote gender equality. UN Women-led initiatives such as the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces program, which in PNG has been funded in part by the Australian Aid program, actively support authorities, grassroots organisations, women's organisations and the community to respond to and prevent sexual harassment and violence against women and girls in public spaces. This UN Women program, along with other land-rights based and empowerment initiatives, illustrates the importance of all segments of the community working together to protect and advance the status and rights of women in our communities.
"Our IWD theme of 'More Powerful Together' is a reminder that to achieve gender equality, to ensure equal opportunities for all of us to lead, learn, earn a living and live lives from violence and discrimination, requires all of our participation. The benefits of gender equality are limitless, and not exclusive to women, but for all of us, whether in Australia or overseas." – Janelle Weissman, Executive Director of UN Women National Committee Australia.