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  1. Breakfast

    8 March 2018

    7:00am - 9:00am

    Perth 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: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre | 21 Mounts Bay Rd, Perth WA 6000


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




    MC – Elizabeth Shaw 

    Elizabeth was a Board Member of UN Women National Committee Australia since 2010, and President from 2014 – 2017.

    A qualified company director, Elizabeth serves as Deputy Chair of Inclusion WA and serves on the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, an initiative to increase the number of female directors on ASX-200 boards to 30% by 2018.

    Beth is an Associate Director in KMPG’s advisory practice, supporting organisations to manage people impacts during times of significant change. Prior to this, she worked as the Executive Director of the UN Association of Australia and as a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia.

    In 2008, she served as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations, consulting with 5,000 young Australians before presenting her findings at the UN General Assembly in New York.

    Elizabeth has published widely on gender and development issues and has presented on these topics around Australia and at the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

    Elizabeth has been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection, a West Australian of the Year Award (Youth) from Celebrate WA and as a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the University of St Gallen, Switzerland.


    Panellist – Smriti Aryal

    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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