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2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women, which produced the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. The Declaration was signed by 189 nations, including Australia.
This year, on International Women’s Day, UN Women will mark the Beijing+20 milestone with a reflection on that bold vision, the progress made, and the work yet to be done. The theme for IWD 2015 is ‘Let’s not wait another twenty years to achieve gender equality.’
As part of the global celebrations, UN Women Australia National Committee will host the annual IWD discussion forum, featuring introductory remarks from Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, and the Honourable Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition.
As passionate advocates for gender equality, both speakers will briefly reflect on progress made since the historic Beijing Platform for Action was signed 20 years ago, and outline their vision for the way forward to achieve gender equality.
Following those opening remarks a panel comprising Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Young Australian of the Year (QLD); Helen Conway, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency; and Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, will discuss ‘Progress and Pathways to Gender Equality’. The panel will focus on women’s economic empowerment; violence against women; the success of gender quotas; and the value of multilateral agreements in improving the status of women in Australian and across our region.
The panel discussion will be moderated by ABC presenter, Virginia Haussegger AM.
- Senator the Honourable Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, representing the Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- The Honourable Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition
- Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Young Australian of the Year (QLD)
- Helen Conway, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women
- Virginia Haussegger, ABC Presenter, Moderator