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The Wonderful Women & Men Of UNIFEM

Posted by Leah on August 19, 2008

If you haven’t already heard of it, UNIFEM is the women’s fund of the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. UNIFEM Australia organises lots of interesting events I’d recommend, some highlights in the near future are:

  • Dr Jean D’Cunha, Regional Director UNIFEM East & South-East Asia will deliver a talk on ‘Empowering Women in East & South-East Asia’ this month in Canberra on the 25th, Melbourne on the 26th and Sydney on the 27th.
  • Alison Whitelaw, Chair of Timor Leste Visions Inc. will talk about supporting communities in Timor Leste on the 26th of August at the University of Western Australia.
  • The Leadership Voice Forum in Melbourne on the 3rd of September will bring women together to create business and community connections.
  • The UNIFEM Spring Walks fundraising event. Walks are held throughout Australia from the 21st of September (International Peace Day) to the 10th of October (Human Rights Day) in recognition of the fact that most women in developing countries walk more than 5kms each day to collect water and firewood. The funds raised go towards supporting the UNIFEM Peace Scholarship Program, which brings women from developing countries to Australia to study. You can organise your own walk or join someone else’s.

For more information on these events and UNIFEM Australia (including how to join) go to: www.unifem.org.au

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