Dear NCWA members, supporters and friends, our regional colleagues, APRC has released their March 2022 newsletter. It is available as a pdf download.
APRC PRESIDENT’S REPORT – MARCH 2022 (extract)
Welcome to the March edition of APRC Newsletter celebrating International Women’s Day. The theme chosen by UN WOMEN to mark International Women’s Day 2022: “Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”; a topic of primary importance for the building of a more sustainable future for all. In this Newsletter, we share with you all the celebrations of IWD by our APRC sisters.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19 pandemic, CSW66 was held in a hybrid format with the theme of “Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk reduction policies and programmes” ICW organized a parallel event on March 17 with the theme of “Women’s Empowerment in a Future
World of Work Impacted by Climate Change”. The event was successfully held with wonderful speakers and participants from ICW and our wider family world-wide.
KOWANI also organized their side and parallel events. On March 16, Elizabeth Carll, ICW main representative to UN New York, organized a side event in the name of ICW with the Permanent Mission of Thailand, Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN) and Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association International (PPSEAWA) with the theme of “Women’s Health and Well-Being: Impacted by the Environment and Non-Communicable Diseases”. This event was very successful too. Mohinder Watson, ICW main representative to UN Geneva, also organised a virtual expert meeting on March 10. ICW co-sponsored this event together with UNICEF, UN Human Rights.
In Adelaide Australia, the IWD Breakfast Committee organised a virtual breakfast with Senator Penny Wong having a conversation with Grace Tame, Australian of the year 2021. Grace is an activist and advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse through driving cultural and structural changes, with the ultimate goal of a future free from the sexual abuse of children and others. Over 3,000 women attended this virtual breakfast. Funds raised from this Breakfast ($100,000) will be donated to UN Women for projects to support women in the Pacific Islands.
ICW GA in Avignon will proceed as planned. 40 women from APRC have already registered to attend. Early bird registration closes on 31 March 2022. Look forward to meeting all of you in Avignon.
It is with great sadness that I share the passing of Dame Miriam Patricia Dell D.B.E. O.N.Z J.P. with our APRC members. Many of you would have met her and ranked her as a giant on whose
shoulders women in APRC stood upon. Thank you for all your efforts in helping ICW achieve equality for women. Vale
Hean Bee Wee AM
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