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Loqules x UN Women

Here at Loqules we’re all about stoking people out with amazing and unforgettable experiences. So its pretty important to us that we to do our part and give something back to those less fortunate than ourselves. With our monthly initiative #DoGood we aim to raise awareness for different and varied causes, both in Australia and worldwide.

This month we are excited to partner with UN Women and their International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast in Sydney, by providing incredible experiences which will be used to raise funds and awareness for their cause. We spoke to Zan Schmidt, from the UN Women National Committee Australia, to get some more insight on the important work they do.

Who are UN Women?

UN Women is the United Nations entity responsible for promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality. UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia exists to raise funds and awareness of UN Women’s work in the Pacific and around the world. Our priority areas include:

  • Expanding women’s leadership and participation
  • Ending violence against women by enabling states to set up the mechanisms needed to formulate and enforce appropriate laws and services
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment
  • Strengthening the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda
  • Making gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning and budgeting

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Each year on March 8th, we recognise how far we have come, but also how far we still have to go to achieve full gender equality. It has been observed since the early 1900’s.

UN Women NC Australia run International Women’s Day Breakfasts in each capital city across Australia to raise awareness and money to fund their projects.

Why are events like the IWD Breakfast important?

UN Women’s IWD breakfast is an important opportunity to raise awareness and funds throughout the wider Australian public about the significant work of UN Women and specifically in 2016 about the crucial issue about eliminating violence against women and girls.

Guests will witness firsthand the work of UN Women through speakers Sister Lorraine Garasu (head of the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation in PNG) and Mr Tura Lewai (member of the UN Secretary General’s Network of Male Leaders in Fiji) as well as insights into the issues on Australian soil through speaker Elizabeth Broderick (former Sex Discrimination Commissioner and NSW Australian of the Year 2016).

The event is also a very important channel for raising funds to support UN Women’s projects. An event like UN Women’s IWD breakfast acts as a launch pad for others to learn more and make a difference through spreading awareness and contributing financially.

What kind of projects will be funded through this year’s IWD?

  • Safe shelter
  • Legal aid
  • Prevention and education programs to change attitudes and promote healthy, respectful relationships
  • Crisis counselling
  • Vocational training and education
  • Career pathways to achieve financial independence and escape domestic violence

What are the challenges being faced in 2016?

This year our specific focus is on stopping the high rates of violence against women and girls in the Pacific and Papua New Guinea. You may have noticed that this issue has been very much on the national agenda over the past year, since Rosie Batty was nominated Australian of the Year for 2015.

Why the focus on ending violence against women and girls in the Pacific?

2 in 3 women in the Pacific will experience violence in their lifetimes. That’s double the rate of violence experienced by women in Australia. With supporters help, we can create a brighter future for women and girls, to keep them safe – and prevent violence before it starts.

To learn more head to https://unwomen.org.au/campaign/international-womens-day/

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