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Newsroom Archive: Feb 2014

  1. 26 February 2014

    Media Release: Lauren Jackson Joins Call for Gender Equality – Announced as Champion for UN Women NC Australia

    UN Women National Committee Australia is pleased to announce that Lauren Jackson, Australia’s star basketball player has agreed to become a national Champion for the organisation, supporting our efforts to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

    As a Champion, Lauren will attend the Canberra International Women’s Day lunch, held on March 7 and help to educate her large audience about the importance of gender equality. She will also encourage engagement and donations to UN Women through the UN Women National Committee Australia website and social media platforms.

    “I am proud to take on this role with the Australian NC for UN Women,” Lauren says. “I hope to be able to be a role model for women, promoting gender equality amongst Australians and around the world.”

    Lauren Jackson is one of Australia’s best known and most successful athletes, who has won four Olympic medals with the Australian women’s basketball team, the Opals. Lauren was the flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympic Games, where she became the highest point scorer in Olympic women’s basketball history. Lauren has also won several Championships in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL), the American Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and in several European leagues.
    Lauren is currently majoring in Gender Studies at Macquarie University. She was inspired to do so after reading about the violence against women during the genocide in Rwanda, and she is also ambassador of the Mukomeze Foundation, which helps empower the women and girls who survived the sexual violence of that period. Lauren will play for the Opals in the coming FIBA World Championships in 2014, and will then play for the Canberra Capitals in the coming two WNBL seasons.

    The UN Women National Committee Australia is one of 18 National Committees globally that supports UN Women through fundraising and advocacy. We have a formal membership base of 1350 individuals and NGOs, and more than 30,000 people attend our International Women’s Day events each year.

    “We are delighted to have Lauren as a Champion for our organisation,” says Julie McKay, Executive Director for the Australian National Committee for UN Women. “Lauren has, through her sporting achievements and advocacy for women’s rights, shown herself to be a great leader and role model for all Australians.”

  2. Esprit Supports UN Women to Lift Women out of Poverty for International Women’s Day

    Esprit has partnered with the Australian National Committee for UN Women to launch a beautiful collection in support of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014. The range will be available from February 27 to March 16 in Esprit retail stores and online with donations from every item purchased going towards lifting women and girls out of poverty.

    The Australian National Committee for UN Women’s theme for International Women’s Day 2014 is Ending Poverty for Women and Girls through Economic Empowerment. Between $10 and $30 from the sale of each garment from the UN Women Purple Collection will be donated to the Fund for Gender Equality. The Fund for Gender Equality is the only global fund that is exclusively dedicated to women’s economic and political empowerment. Since 2009, The Fund has provided targeted high-impact grants totalling USD 43 million in support of 55 grantee partners in 47 countries.

    Providing customers with insight into the real difference that their money can make from every purchase, each style in the collection will have a tag in store to display the amount to be donated between $10 and $30. Customers can head to the Esprit online store to find out exactly what that money could do to economically empower women living in poverty around the world:

    • $10 can support training for a woman growing her business in the Pacific
    • $20 can support a woman to make traditional crafts in Rwanda
    • $30 can support a Syrian refugee woman to access education

    Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women, Julie McKay has expressed gratitude towards Esprit’s continued support of the cause:

    “We are very grateful for the Esprit team’s dedication to our work and we are thrilled to be working with them for a second year running. It is through the support of Esprit and their customers that we can make a real impact on gender inequality to break the cycle of poverty for women and girls around the world.”

    The collection of over 30 styles includes stripe tees, cashmere sweaters , jersey dresses and structured clutch bags for the girls and merino wool sweaters and chunky knits for the boys, all in hues of Purple Aster, Magic Berry and Aubergine. Esprit stores nationally will also sell UN International Women’s Day purple ribbons for $3 each to be worn on International Women’s Day in show of support for women around the world.

    Esprit raised more than $83,000 to support women experiencing violence in PNG last year and these funds are now being used to help women get to work safely, meaning they can earn an income to support their families.

    Esprit Senior Country Merchandiser and project leader Jennifer Tapia is delighted that Esprit is on board for another year:
    “Esprit is proud to support the vital work of UN Women in the second year of collaboration. This year’s campaign gives our customer the opportunity to empower every woman through our exclusive purple collection in store and online and make a tangible impact on a woman’s life, now and for future generations”

  3. 24 February 2014

    Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics and the Australian NC for UN Women partner to help women and girls

    Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics is delighted to announce our support of the Australian National Committee for UN Women and International Women’s Day. March 8th signifies the celebration of the economic, political, and social empowerment of women globally, while highlighting the work that still needs to be done to break the never-ending cycle of women in poverty.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Napoleon Perdis as a partner,” says Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women. “The funds raised through our partnership will go towards lifting women out of poverty and transforming their lives. We have a common vision of women’s empowerment and are looking forward to sharing the amazing stories of hope and courage from UN Women’s work with Napoleon Perdis customers and supporters.”

    For the week of March 3rd, Napoleon is encouraging all customers to make a $2 donation to UN Women at any Napoleon Perdis Concept Store or All donations made will then be matched by Napoleon Perdis, with all proceeds going directly to UN Women.

    “One of my core beliefs – personally and for my brand – is the empowerment of women,” says Napoleon. “My business has been inspired by women, creates products for women, and is largely run by women. After learning more about the work that UN Women do, and reading those staggering statistics on how much more there is to do, I needed to get involved! Equality for women is progress for all.”

    Key Facts

    • 70% of the world’s poor are women
    • Women earn less than 10% of the world’s wages
    • Women own less than 2% of the world’s land
    • 61% of the world’s illiterate youths are women

    How Your Donation will Help Women

      • Support UN Women’s work to lift women and girls in developing countries out of the never-ending cycle of poverty
      • Advance women’s empowerment through education, training, and economic opportunities
      • Help women become more self reliant and able to help themselves
      • Help alleviate malnutrition which affects girls three times more than boys

    And so much more…

  4. UN Women NC Australia Executive Director to Join National Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women

    Ms Julie McKay, the Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women will join the Australian Government delegation to the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) in New York from March 10 – 21.

    Ms McKay will join the delegation to CSW58 as one of two non-government delegates. The delegation is led by The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.

    “I feel very humbled to have been invited to CSW58,” said Ms. McKay. “I will do my best to honour the trust that has been placed in me to advocate for real change in the status of women and share experiences with colleagues from across the world.”

    The CSW is the UN’s main intergovernmental body for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, which are the mandates of UN Women. It meets annually for two weeks to review progress on global conventions and standards on women’s rights, such as the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

    This year CSW58 will meet at UN Headquarters from March 10 – 21, two days after International Women’s Day on March 8.

    Following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals the post-2015 development agenda will be a key focus for CSW58 and is an opportunity to ensure gender equality is strongly reflected in its design.

    The other non-government delegate is Dr. Susan Harris-Rimmer, the Director of Studies at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. Ms. McKay and Dr. Harris-Rimmer have begun a series of discussions with Australian civil society organisations working on gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that their views are reflected in CSW58.

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