This International Women's Day UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia is putting the focus on the vital role we all must play to advance gender equality and achieve equal rights and opportunities for the world's women and girls.
Women's full and equal representation marks one of the world's largest untapped resources, as study after study shows that companies, communities and societies not only benefit, but prosper, from gender equality.
UN Women National Committee Australia's 2019 International Women's Day theme is More Powerful Together, recognising the important role we all play - as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people, to accelerate gender equality and create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities. It requires all of our participation to create a world where everybody can live a life free from violence and discrimination. More Powerful Together is a call for all of us to take a stand in unison for gender equality.
Achieving gender equality benefits everybody: it reduces social stigma and gender stereotypes that limit the potential of all individuals. Gendered jobs stifle career opportunities, gendered parenting roles can prevent men from taking an active role as a caregiver, and gendered emotions can limit the spectrum of feelings we should all be free to express.
"Sadly, there is still no country in the world that has achieved gender equality, but at UN Women, we've set a deadline to change that: Planet 50/50 by 2030 – as a part of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. But we won't get there unless we have everyone playing their part. Gender equality is good for business and communities, and is the right thing to do. We must all make choices daily, to stamp out discrimination or inappropriate behaviour; to lift up opportunities for women and girls to be leaders alongside men and boys; to listen. Together, we must be tenacious in our commitment to end gender inequality," says Janelle Weissman, Executive Director of UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia.
UN Women NC Australia IWD events for 2019 offer a unique program featuring representatives from Chief Executive Women (CEW) and Male Champions of Change (MCC) along with UN Women expert Mele Maualaivao, UN Women Country Program Coordinator (Samoa) as panelist across the East Coast. An array of talent will also join as event MCs: Janice Petersen, SBS World News Presenter in Melbourne, Laura Murphy-Oates, SBS Presenter for The Feed in Brisbane, Karla Grant, Executive Producer for NITV, SBS in Perth and Lucy Zelic, SBS Television Chief Football Host & World News Sports Presenter in Canberra and Sydney.
Funds raised from the events will support UN Women programs working to empower women and girls across the globe.
UN Women NC Australia's events will be held across Australia on the following dates:
Melbourne Breakfast – Tuesday 5 March, Palladium at Crown, 7:00am – 9:00am
Perth Breakfast – Wednesday 6 March, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 7:00am – 9:00am
Brisbane Breakfast – Wednesday 6 March, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 7:00am – 9:00am
Canberra Lunch – Thursday 7 March, National Convention Centre Canberra, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Sydney Breakfast – Friday 8 March, International Convention Centre Sydney, 7:00am – 9:00am
Adelaide Breakfast – Friday 8 March, Adelaide Convention Centre Adelaide, 7:00am – 9:00am