AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

AWID Executive Director’s Speech at the CSW59 Opening Session

VIA Association for Women's Rights in Development Thank you Madam Chairperson and distinguished UN and government leaders. I would like to focus my speech on five key messages, which have been shaped by hundreds of women from around the world. Firstly, let’s celebrate. Today, I celebrate women - lesbians, black, indigenous, urban and rural women living in conditions of poverty, workers, disabled women, young and elders, trans & intersex people, leaders from different generations. I celebrate the relentless and tireless work of women and girls, organized in all our diversity, in different groups…Read more
Why financial planning needs more women

Why financial planning needs more women

By David Chaplain at the Financial Review - click for more The numbers are unequivocal: Australian financial planning is men's business. Using Financial Planning Association (FPA) membership data as a proxy for the whole profession, just over 20 per cent of Australia's financial advisers are female. That's great if men like talking to other men about retirement planning, among the many other important services planners provide, but advice is about much more than that. An environment where clients will face a male adviser in four out of five instances is not immediately inviting…Read more

Iran: Proposed laws reduce women to ‘baby making machines’

article lifted from: Amnesty International Iran: Proposed Laws reduce women to 'baby making machines' Women in Iran could face significant restrictions on their use of contraceptives and be further excluded from the labour market unless they have had a child, if two proposed laws are approved, says a new report by Amnesty International published today. You Shall Procreate: Attacks on women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Iran details the extreme lengths the Iranian authorities are going to in order to encourage repeated childbearing in a misguided attempt to boost the country’s declining population figures.…Read more
Working with Men and Boys : A Critical Dialogue

Working with Men and Boys : A Critical Dialogue

Involving men and boys in the push for gender equality and women’s empowerment has recently gained traction globally. This workshop is an opportunity to engage in a critical discussion around some of the challenges and constraints of working with men and boys within a feminist framework. As an interactive workshop participants will not only hear from an expert panel but they will also have the opportunity to ask questions and engage with panelists in an open dialogue. OPENING ADRESS: Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Australian Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women PANELISTS:…Read more
Working Together For Equality: Moving Forward  (23rd April 2015)

Working Together For Equality: Moving Forward (23rd April 2015)

ON BEIJING+20 NATIONAL ISSUES, CSW 59TH SESSION & POST 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA   You are invited to a one day event to discuss the outcomes of the Australian ‘Working Together for Equality: NGO Beijing+20 Review 2014’ Report. This is an opportunity to collaboratively strategise taking forward the major issues that arose from the community consultations across Australia. The forum will also be an opportunity to discuss the Post 2015 Development Agenda and feedback from the 59th session of the Commission on the Status ofWomen Opening Address: Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting…Read more