International Women’s Day Recap by Grace Hill
I want to start this article with two things – a very big thank-you to everyone who attended an International Women’s Day event, who hosted their own or donated funds; and also offer a huge congratulations towards all those who played a part in orchestrating the fantastic week of National Office events, particularly the Australian National Committee for UN Women staff, volunteers and the panel of speakers for each event.
The theme for International Women’s Day this year was ‘lifting women and girls out of poverty through economic empowerment’. All funds raised (a whooping $350,000) are supporting programs run by UN Women Pacific which encourage and support the economic endeavours of women, such as their ‘Safe Markets’ program.
Some 8 000 people attended IWD breakfasts organised by the Australian National Committee for UN Women in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. A panel of distinguished guests spoke at every event, with discussions centred on lifting women and girls out of poverty. Each event was a great opportunity to meet with friends, colleagues and family to celebrate the achievements of women past and present, and to discuss the challenges that women still face today
We were overjoyed, in addition to our supporters, to have some very special Australians in attendance at various events with Prime Minister, The Hon. Tony Abbott attending our Sydney Breakfast, former Governor-General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce attending our Melbourne Breakfast, along with various other key people from business, politics, and the NGO sector.
Our online reach continued to grow this year, with @unwomenaust and our official hashtag, #IWD2014, trending on Twitter four times during IWD week. On Facebook, the number of people engaged in the global conversation around women’s empowerment rose by 400%.
Thank-you once again to all who participated in the huge success of International Women’s Day 2014 we appreciate all your support