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  1. Breakfast

    7 March 2018

    7:00am - 9:00am

    Melbourne IWD Breakfast

    UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia hosts Australia’s largest International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations in March each year. IWD is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women. It is also a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development.

    IWD also provides an opportunity to unite, network and mobilise funds to foster meaningful change into the future.

    Venue: Melbourne Park Function Centre, Batman Ave, Melbourne VIC 3000


    For registration enquiries, please contact the event contractors on 0434 608 433 or email





    MC – Tracey Spicer, Author, Journalist and Television Presenter

    Tracey Spicer is an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years.

    Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour.

    Currently, she works as a weekly columnist for Fairfax, presentation trainer for Outspoken Women and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer at Spicer Communications. She appears regularly as a commentator on ABC TV and Channel 9.

    Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

    Her essays have appeared in dozens of books, including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years, while her TEDx Talk, The Lady Stripped Bare, has attracted more than 2.5 million views.

    The 50-year-old is also the co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

    Her first book, the best-selling The Good Girl Stripped Bare, was published by HarperCollins in April 2017.


    Panellist – Hiba Qasas, Chief Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response, UN Women

    Hiba Qasas is the Chief of the Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response of UN Women based in Geneva. Prior to that Ms Qasas served as the UN Women Country Representative in Iraq and as the Head of the Middle East and North Africa section in UN Women’s Head Quarters in New York.

    She has 16 years of international development and crisis prevention and response experience and an in-depth experience in the MENA Region and gender issues. Prior to joining UN Women, Ms. Qasas worked at UNDP  managing a broad range of programmes in the areas of poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery and providing programme guidance to country offices in the Arab states and horn of Africa Region in crisis response, economic recovery and women’s empowerment. Before joining the UN, Ms. Qasas worked for Palestinian NGOs with a focus on Micro finance and rural development.


    Panellist – Smriti Aryal, Regional Advisor for Humanitarian Response and Resilience Building in the Asia Pacific, UN Women

    Smriti Aryal serves as UN Women’s Regional Advisor for Humanitarian Response and Resilience Building, based out of the UN Women Yangon office. In her regional role for Asia and the Pacific region, Smriti provides technical assistance and capacity development to a wide range of stakeholders for coordinated joint actions to ensure women and girls choices, decisions and needs are prioritized in the humanitarian actions including DRR across the region.

    Smriti also supports UN Women country offices through strategic advice, technical assistance and strategic program development and resource mobilization to ensure that, through their action, UN Women can increase women’s leadership and decision making in humanitarian actions, meet women’s needs in humanitarian situations and promote their capabilities in building resilience for themselves, family and the wider community.












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