Women and girls

Women and girls

Introduction

Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, works to ensure that the empowerment of women and girls is a central focus of Australia's diplomatic, development and defence concerns. By advocating internationally for women's equal participation in political, economic and social affairs, the Ambassador advances global progress, peace and stability.

Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls

The Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls was established by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and former Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis in September 2011. Ms Penny Williams was Australia's first Ambassador for Women and Girls. The creation of the Ambassador position reflects the Australian Government's active commitment in the international arena – and with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region – to promote gender equality and to give women a stronger voice in the world.

In cooperation with the Australian Government Office for Women, the Ambassador for Women and Girls engages in international advocacy in support of Australian Government policies and programs to:

Excerpts from speeches delivered at an event to welcome Natasha Stott Despoja AM as Ambassador for Women and Girls

3 March 2014

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra

On 3 March 2014, Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australia's Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, hosted an event to introduce Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, to parliamentarians, the diplomatic corps, government officials, and representatives of civil society, business, universities and think tanks and the media. Minister Bishop, Senator Cash and the Ambassador all spoke at the event which was held in the Atrium of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, Australia.

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Contact us

Natasha Stott Despoja
Ambassador for Women and Girls

Mail: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221
Email: ambwomengirls@dfat.gov.au

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