At a time when women were struggling to be recognised in the Commonwealth Public Service, Beryl Wilson was a trailblazer. I personally find her a strong role model and inspiration.
There are many courageous Bangladeshi women leading and advocating for empowerment, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself. Yet, in a deeply religious and patriarchal society, too many women and girls continue to face a brutal reality.
Today is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Be Bold for Change, calls on all of us to step up to help create a world that is more inclusive and equal. The aim is for a world that is more peaceful and sustainable, where the contribution of women is recognised, valued and respected. Australia is committed to this endeavour.
There is rarely an occasion now when the big international relations issue of the day doesn’t contain a cyber component. Cyber issues have moved from being perceived as a technical, low priority matter to one of strategic importance.
Educating girls is one of the world’s best investments. Educated women have higher incomes and contribute to the growth, development, stability and security of their countries – and our region.
It is clear that the death penalty is cruel and inhumane. Australia believes the death penalty has no place in the modern world.