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Australia’s Women in Work programme to create jobs for females

Professor Maithree Wickremesinghe ‘Rings the Bell’ for gender equality at the Colombo Stock Exchange with Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson, IFC Country Manager Amena Arif and Chairman-designate of the United Nations Global Compact Dilhan Fernando.
Professor Maithree Wickremesinghe ‘Rings the Bell’ for gender equality at the Colombo Stock Exchange with Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson, IFC Country Manager Amena Arif and Chairman-designate of the United Nations Global Compact Dilhan Fern

This year’s International Women’s Day theme ‘Press for Progress’ is a timely reminder to celebrate achievements to date and renew efforts moving forward. With movements such as #MeToo and, #TimesUp, there is clearly global momentum to press for progress on gender equality, the Australian High Commission stated in a press release.

“Australia is supporting a range of initiatives to promote gender equality in Sri Lanka. Through the Women in Work program, we are partnering with the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to create more and better jobs for women,” Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson said.

“Last week, I convened a select group of CEOs, political leaders and international organisations to identify opportunities to advocate together for increased female workforce participation,” he said.

On 7 March, Australia partnered with the Colombo Stock Exchange, IFC and UN Women to ‘Ring the Bell for Gender Equality’. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the growing number of Sri Lankan women on the boards of listed companies.

Australia is supporting leadership opportunities for women. “The introduction of a 25 per cent quota for women’s representation in local government was a milestone for Sri Lanka, and it is important that this commitment be met,” said Hutchesson. Australia has supported capacity-building of candidates, public awareness campaigns and raised the important issue of violence against women during elections.

“Later this month, senior members of the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus will travel to Australia through our Women in Local Leadership program. The visit will provide the opportunity to share experiences with fellow women parliamentarians and discuss some of Australia’s initiatives to promote gender equality.

“This week also saw the launch of the Sri Lankan chapter of the Women in Leadership network. This new network of women who have studied in Australian universities provides an important opportunity for women to share experiences, advocate and support other professional women through mentoring.

“International Women’s Day is an important occasion, but we need to ensure that we keep up the momentum throughout the year,” said Hutchesson. “It is up to all of us to Press for Progress,” he added.


 

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