This year, UN Women in Australia have identified the theme ‘More Powerful Together’ that recognises the important role women and men play to advance gender equality to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.
The event was opened with a song performed by a choir group of 24 young women from Bali WISE program of ROLE Foundation’s women’s education program followed by remarks from the Australian Consul-General in Bali, Dr Helena Studdert.
“International Women’s Day is a chance to motivate our friends, families, colleagues and communities to think, act and be gender inclusive,” said Dr Studdert in her welcome remarks.
Dr Studdert also explained that the Australian Government is committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment as a top priority for development assistance and foreign policy. Australia’s gender advocacy focuses on enhancing women’s voice in decision making, promoting women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women.
"In a patriarchal society such as Bali, many divorced women are stigmatised and ostracized in their communities. They are not able to stay in their husband’s village and are not welcome in their own. PKP provides a nurturing and safe place for divorcees to seek comfort and support. The Centre’s goal is to empower women and bring gender equality to Balinese women and girls," Added Dr Studdert.
The International Women’s Day event was attended by representatives from the Bali Province, City and Regencies in Bali, and members of female business associations, Australian business and volunteers as well as the greater Balinese community. (bbn/rls/rob)
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