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MEDIA ALERT: Prime Minister, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, and Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Peter Dutton MP to co-host UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day Parliamentary Breakfast 7.30am today

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Time: 7.30am
Date: Wednesday, 7 February 2024
Location: Mural Hall, Parliament House, Canberra

Speaker opportunities:

  • Prime Minister, the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP
  • Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Peter Dutton MP
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator The Hon. Penny Wong
  • UN Women Australia Chair, Georgie Williams
  • UN Women Australia CEO, Simone Clarke

Vision opportunities (further to the above):

  • Minister for Women, Senator The Hon. Katy Gallagher
  • Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Sussan Ley MP
  • Key ministers, Department Secretaries, Dignitaries and Honorary Guests.

Australian government, political and defence force leaders will come together at Parliament House on Wednesday 7 February to officially launch the Australian celebrations of International Women’s Day at the UN Women Australia’s Parliamentary Breakfast.

Co-hosted by the Hon. Anthony Albanese MP, Prime Minister of Australia and the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, Leader of the Opposition, this annual event brings together the leaders and decision makers of our nation, to celebrate the progress made and the commitment required to achieving gender equality and SDG 5.

The Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Minister for Foreign Affairs will each address the event, speaking to the importance of International Women’s Day, which this year centres on the need for economic inclusion and investment to accelerate progress for women and girls everywhere.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress’, based on the priority theme for the United Nations 68th Commission on the Status of Women, exploring the pathways to greater economic inclusion for women and girls everywhere.

This important event is also an opportunity to celebrate the Australian Government’s longstanding support and partnership with UN Women in Australia and across the region.

Key Facts:

Count Her In: Key Statistics

·       Around 2.4 billion women of working age are not afforded equal economic opportunity as men[1]

·       Nearly 1 in 3 adolescent girls from the poorest households around the world has never been to school[2]

·       More than 342 million women and girls could be living below the poverty line by 2030[3]

·       An additional $360 billion per year is needed to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment [4]Only 26% of countries have a comprehensive system to track gender-budget allocations[5]

[3] UN Women (2023). Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2023.

[4] UN Women (2023). Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot 2023.

About us:

About UN Women Australia

UN Women Australia is a non-profit organisation committed to achieving gender equality for all women, empowering them to contribute their unique knowledge and skills to help create a better world for themselves, their families and their communities. Working in over 100 countries across the globe, UN Women runs vital programs that provide women and girls access to technology, training programs and safe spaces, empowering women and girls to obtain an education, become leaders in their community and build a brighter, more equal future for us all.

Contact details:

Jessica Lewington
External Engagement Manager
UN Women Australia


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