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Women journos visit Australia

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A ONE-WEEK international media tour in Australia, organised by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, ended last Friday.

Six female journalists from the Asia Pacific region took part in the visit, which focused on women’s economic and political empowerment, a priority for the Australia Foreign Affairs Department’s recently appointed Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Penny Williams.

The journalists were from Vanuatu, Tonga, Philippines, Japan, Solomon Islands and Indonesia.

Journalists find the visit productive and enjoyable and the experience in Australia was positive and rewarding.

The International Media Visit program plays an important role in assisting the Department to generate informed international media coverage on Australia and its key foreign and trade policy objectives.

The visit included calls to the  Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, Governor of New South Wales Marie Bashir, Minister for Finance and Deregulation Penny Wong, Shadow Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women Michaela Cash, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick , Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Yolanda Vega, Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls Penny Williams, National Australia Bank Executives and Diversity Council of CEO Nareen Younmeeting with AusAID, Care Australia, The Office of Women, UN Women Australia, the International Women’s Development Agency, tech Equal Opportunity Workplace Agency, and the Australian Civil Military Centre who discussed Australia’s support for UNSCR 1325 implementation in the field of women, peace and security.

By Gina Maka'a