A group photo with the Ambassador for Women and Girls with male and female staff from Marie Stopes Timor Leste and the Ministry of Health at the Community Health Clinic, Aileu Health Facility in Timor Leste.

We all have the power to be agents of change, and we can all play a significant role in achieving gender equality. Through alliances, collaboration and partnership, the impact of individual efforts can be multiplied to be much more powerful.

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.

Karin Gellatly, Operations and M&E Manager Palladium providing support to Kaipati Rimatu, Kitchen Steward, Mulpha Australia Limited.

From today, up to 2,000 workers from Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu can earn an income and develop skills by accessing low and semi-skilled temporary work opportunities in Australia. This, in turn, benefits their families and communities.

For women and girls caught in crises, crushing violence and exploitation are realities that need far more urgent action, argues Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls

I was struck by the beauty of the country and the determination of its people. Some of my ancestors sailed from Scotland to be missionaries in the Pacific, and I can see why they thought they had arrived in the Garden of Eden.