The Australian National Committee for UN Women is one of 17 global National Committees for UN Women. It was established in 1989 as an Australian NGO and has its headquarters in the federal capital, Canberra.
Its role is to:
- Raise funds to support UN Women’s projects and programs
- Challenge attitudes which perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and the region
- Engage with the Australian Government to raise awareness of the work of UN Women
The Australian National Committee for UN Women is an active participant in civil society activities relating to gender rights and the empowerment of women, particularly those relating to the core mandate of UN Women:
- Millennium Development Goals
- Women’s leadership and participation in public life
- Women, peace and security
- Women’s economic empowerment
- Violence against women
The Australian National Committee for UN Women sends a delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women each year. This includes a youth delegate from Australia.