Women and girls
Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, Penny Williams, works to ensure the empowerment of women and girls is a central focus of Australia’s diplomatic, development and defence concerns. By advocating internationally for women’s equal participation in political, economic and social affairs, the Ambassador advances global progress, peace and stability.
The Office of the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls was established by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, then Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and then Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis in September 2011. The creation of the Global Ambassador position reflects the Australian Government’s active commitment in the international arena – and with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region – to promote gender equality and to give women a stronger voice in the world.
Office of the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls
In cooperation with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Australian Government Office for Women, the Global Ambassador for Women and Girls engages in international advocacy in support of Australian Government policies and programs to:
- empower women and girls socially, politically and economically
- eradicate violence against women and girls
- eliminate discrimination against women and girls
- ensure better educational and health (including sexual and maternal health) opportunities and outcomes for women and girls
- eradicate trafficking in women and girls
- protect women and girls in conflict and promote the role of women in peace-building, and
- enhance the participation of women in decision-making and leadership.
Global Ambassador for Women and Girls
Mail: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
R G Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Barton ACT 0221