On Aug 28th 2014 the ANU Gender Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ‘in conversation’ with ABC journalist, Virginia Haussegger
This was the only opportunity for the public in Australia to hear Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka speak while she was here on a brief visit. The event was recorded for later broadcast by ABC Big Ideas, and livestreamed on the ACT Government 'Canberra Live' website (video link available below).
UN Women’s Director joined us at a critical juncture, in the lead up to the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing gender equality in the world.
As a defining framework for change, the Beijing Platform made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern for women and girls. Yet ensuring the world upholds these commitments and continues to progress gender equality remains a pressing task – as Ms Mlambo-Ngcuka explained in her remarks. We were given an insight into the challenges and opportunities she sees globally, as the Beijing [plus] 20 campaign gets underway.
ANU Pro- Vice Chancellor, Professor Jenny Corbett introduced our guests and Ms Kathy Klugman, First Assistant Secretary, Pacific Division from DFAT gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Department.
From left: Fiona Jenkins (ANU Gender Institute), Virginia Haussegger (special guest host), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women Execuitve Director), Kathy Klugman (DFAT), Melissa Stutsel (DFAT)