By Catherine Middleton, Programs & Compliance Officer at International Needs Australia In the beautiful but remote mountain villages of Myanmar’s Kayin State, decades of conflict left communities isolated and under-resourced. Despite ongoing human rights challenges across Myanmar, these villagers have slowly become more secure, and are eager to improve their circumstances and promote equality between […]

Early childhood education and development community teachers participating in training under Local Solutions to Poverty program in Gorontalo, Sulawesi island, Indonesia.

    by Deviana Dewi, Senior Program Manager, Poverty and Social Development at the Australian Embassy, Indonesia November marks my first anniversary working at DFAT – an opportunity to reflect on the work that I have done here. As an Indonesian national working for the Australian Government on multilateral development programs with the World Bank, […]

In order to break the chain of inter-generational violence, we need to tackle the root causes of violence against women and girls. We need to change the behaviour and attitudes of men, and challenge masculine stereotypes, which make aggression and violence against women acceptable. We need to promote the concept of men as caring fathers and supportive partners. We need more male role models and champions to take action and condemn violence.

The Papua New Guinea that the world will see during APEC Leaders Week is a country ready to embrace the future and everything it has to offer. A country defined by its people – friendly and warm; hardworking and ambitious; always ready with a helping hand. Australia is proud to continue to work with Papua New Guinea during this important historical event, and beyond.  We know our future together will be as rich and meaningful as our history.

At the International Women’s Development Agency, supported by the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program, we work alongside local partners in Asia and the Pacific to ensure women have an equal say and power over the decisions that affect their lives.

The global battle to reduce disaster losses by 2030 will be won or lost in Asia and the Pacific. Australia’s leadership is key to this effort and will be on full display when it hosts the next Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2020.

The International Day of the Girl Child 2018 respectfully draws attention for the need to support today’s generation of girls as they enter the world of work, both in terms of education and skills, and the human right to protection from discrimination and violence.