International Women's Day


09 Mar


Members of CASG’s Gender Diversity Action Group took part in the Australia's largest International Women's Day (IWD) celebration. Held in Canberra on 8 March 2018, the International Women’s Day luncheon celebrated the economic, political and social achievements of women.

CASG staff member from Melbourne, Diana Mejia Bravo said ‘the highlight of the presentation was the interview with Hiba Qasas, hearing about the work that UN does around the world empowering women to support them in making a productive life and at the same time be leaders supporting others around them,”.  

Sarah, said  ‘I was moved by the panel session with Hiba Qasas (Chief Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response, UN Women) and the statistics she reeled off highlighting the stark lack of equality for women and young girls around the world.  UN Women’s quest for equality for women, especially in disaster areas and conflict areas, includes focused work to empower all women and is their International Women’s Day theme for 2018 - Leave No Woman Behind,” Sarah said.

The event was MC'd by Tracey Spicer - an author, journalist and television presenter who has anchored programs for ABC TV, Network Ten, Channel 9 and Sky News over the past 30 years. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice, and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. One of the panelists at the event was Hiba Qasas - Chief of the Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Response of UN Women based in Geneva. Prior to that Ms. Qasas served as the UN Women Country Representative in Iraq and as the Head of the Middle East and North Africa section in UN Women's Head Quarters in New York.

Staff in CASG, also held a morning tea hosted by Deputy Secretary, Kim Gillis, on the eve of International Women’s Day at Russell Offices, Canberra.

International Women’s Day promotes women and supports their equality, peace and development. For more information of International Women's Day visit: