13 January 2015
National Committee for UN Women Welcomes Appointment of New Board President
The Australian National Committee for UN Women is delighted to announce the election of Elizabeth Shaw, the first West Australian and first young woman as President of its National Board.
The Australian National Committee for UN Women is one of 15 global National Committees for UN Women. Ms Shaw has been elected to lead the board in support of the National Committee’s work to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in Australia and across the Pacific.
“We are thrilled to have Elizabeth as President of our Board. She brings to the Board extensive experience in governance and strategic planning and a commitment to gender justice and promoting women’s leadership”, said Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women.
Ms Shaw’s involvement with the National Committee began in 2009 when she founded Young UN Women Australia, in Perth.
“Elizabeth’s role in engaging West Australian women in issues around gender and international development cannot be overstated. We are so pleased that she will be bringing her talent and experience to the Presidency over this exciting year.” said Ms McKay.
Of her appointment, Ms Shaw said, “I am particularly thrilled to be coming on board as President in time to celebrate International Women’s Day, marking the extraordinary achievements of women around the globe and in our own backyard.”
“I look forward to joining my fellow West Australians in renewing our commitment to gender equality and striving for a world of inclusion and equal opportunity.”