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Julie Bishop

The Honourable Julie Bishop Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Julie Bishop
Minister for Foreign Affairs

MESSAGE FROM FOREIGN MINISTER JULIE BISHOP

WOMEN IN ROTARY, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY BREAKFAST

2015 is a significant year for women's rights being the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - an agreement adopted by the nations of the world to advance women's rights.

This year is an opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made and to continue striving for gender equality.

In my role as Australia's Foreign Minister, I have made the empowerment of women and girls in our region a priority in Australia's foreign policy and aid program.   The Australian  Government is investing in initiatives to enhance women's voices in decision-making,  leadership and peace-building;  to promote women's economic empowerment; and to end violence against women and girls.

I congratulate Women in Rotary for supporting women as members and leaders in Rotary and supporting women's participation  in workplaces and cities.
Fundraising through this event will be used to support a reduction in family violence and to support adults and children with disabilities.

I wish you success with your International Women's Day Breakfast in Melbourne where your discussions on how gender equality benefits all will be of interest.

Empowering women delivers social and economic benefits to all societies. The evidence is clear - investing in women is not just the right thing to do - it is the smart thing to do.

Yours sincerely

Julie Bishop
Minister for Foreign Affairs

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Vision

Women in Rotary was created by The Rotary Club of Albert Park in order to initiate and support a dynamic Rotary culture where men and women work together to expand and build on existing strengths with the benefits of diversity to improve the lives of individuals and communities in a way consistent with the RI Strategic Plan.

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Rotary provides opportunities for ordinary women to do extraordinary things.