UN Women Australia is honoured to announce 2021 Australian of the Year, Grace Tame as the keynote speaker at its International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations this year.
Taking place on Friday March 5, UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day events will be presented as a nationwide lunch. With Sydney and Melbourne events already sold out, tickets are still available for Brisbane, Canberra, and a concurrent breakfast in Perth. Additionally, the entire event will be available via a virtual platform, allowing guests to view a diverse line-up of speakers from all capital cities on the day and available on-demand for seven days following the live event.
Grace is a survivor of childhood sexual assault and has become a powerful advocate for victims who have suffered abuse as children. Assisted via the #LetHerSpeakCampaign, in 2019 Grace obtained a court order enabling her to speak out publicly, under her real name, as an abuse survivor. She has continued to use her media profile to advocate for vulnerable groups in the community. With her recent Australian of the Year award, Grace is an inspiring leader of change. She is committed to making a real difference to the lives of people who have suffered abuse as children.
“Using my voice, amongst a growing chorus of voices that will not be silenced. Let’s make some noise, Australia.” Grace Tame (Australian of the Year acceptance speech).
Appearing in Sydney and via live-stream across the country, Grace joins an inspiring line-up of speakers. The Sydney event will feature award-winning writer and youth advocate, Yasmin Poole, and Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Discrimination against Women and Girls, Elizabeth Broderick. Melbourne attendees will hear speeches from best-selling author, advisor and commentator, Jamila Rizvi, and Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins
Joining the Canberra lunch will be CEO Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Michelle Deshong, and Australia’s Ambassador for Gender Equality, Julie-Ann Guivarra. Brisbane will feature Australian company director & writer, Dr Kirstin Ferguson, as well as PwC CEO Tom Seymour in conversation with the CEO of Generation One, Shelley Cable. Perth’s IWD Breakfast will invite speeches from the CEO of Committee for Perth, Marion Fulker, and Youth Representative for UN Women’s Global Generation Equality Task Force, Zahra Al Hilaly.
UN Women Australia have hosted IWD events since 1990, representing the United Nations Gender Equality agency, with this year’s theme to highlight Women in Leadership #womenlead. On March 5, hear incredible stories from women who inspire, lead and are committed to making a difference every day. Advancing women in leadership is central to creating more profitable and productive economies, flourishing businesses and a healthier and more peaceful planet.
“The impact of COVID-19 has been hardest felt by women and girls, eroding recent limited progress towards equality and seeing increased rates of domestic violence, three times higher care burdens and higher job and wage losses. Given the impact of COVID and the subsequent restraints, our objective this year has been to host an inspiring line-up of speakers nationally and provide this content on a platform that makes the content available to everyone in as accessible a way as possible,” said Janelle Weissman, Executive Director.
“Our goal at UN Women Australia is women’s equal participation as leaders, equal sharing of unpaid care, access to health care services that respond to the needs of women and girls and the elimination of violence – these are the levers necessary to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” continued Weissman.
UN Women Australia calls on everyone to get involved this International Women’s Day 2021 by purchasing tickets to a UN Women Australia luncheon or its virtual platform, and/or making a donation. Tickets are on sale now and are strictly limited.
UN WOMEN AUSTRALIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021
FRIDAY, 5 MARCH 2021
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Brisbane IWD Lunch – Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
Perth IWD Breakfast – Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth
Canberra IWD Lunch – National Convention Centre Canberra, Canberra
Melbourne IWD Lunch – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]
Sydney IWD Lunch – International Convention Centre, Sydney [SOLD OUT]
Virtual IWD Event – Online