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Launch of the Women in Public Service Project’s Australian Chapter

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Above, from left to right: Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Senator Michaelia Cash, Ambassador Catherine Russell, and Ambassador Natasha Stott-Despoja

On March 12, the Women in Public Service Project celebrated the launch of its Australian Chapter, which is the result of a new partnership between the Women in Public Service Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and the Australian Government. The initiative, spearheaded by Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women of Australia, and Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Women in Public Service Project, will focus on promoting women’s leadership in Australia as well as the Asia-Pacific region as a whole. Minister Cash stated, “Australia has big aspirations for this project and I am very excited to see Australia partner with such a well-established initiative and esteemed institutions such as the Woodrow Wilson Center.”

Dr. de Silva de Alwis further emphasized the importance of the initiative, calling the launch an “historic turning point for [the WPSP as a] global movement.”

According to Ms. Natasha Stott-Despoja AM, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, although Australia has made progress in spurring women’s leadership in the public sphere in recent years, “we still have a long way to go.” The Australia Chapter of the WPSP represents the Australian Government’s pledge to build on this progress through an  initiative that will serve as a resource for women entering public service. The launch also highlights Australia’s commitment to spurring the advancement of women in the Asia-Pacific region as a whole, which–excluding Australia and New Zealand–has the lowest rate of women’s political representation in the world.

“[The Asia-Pacific region] is where Australia is particularly well-placed to be an effective agent for change. And it is where there is a challenging agenda demanding attention.”
-Ms. Natasha Stott-Despoja AM, Ambassador for Women and Girls

For additional information on this exciting new partnership, please see the press release and letter from Minister Cash announcing the launch of the chapter below:

Australia Launch Website Page 1


Australia Launch Website Page 2

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