Australia's Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment strategy applies across all work undertaken by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, The Honorable Dr Sharman Stone, works to ensure that gender equality and empowerment of women and girls is a central focus of Australia's diplomatic, development and regional security efforts.
The Ambassador for Women and Girls advocates internationally for women's equal participation in political, economic and social affairs. The Ambassador advances global development, peace and stability by promoting gender equality and women's leadership and decision-making at all levels.
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International Women’s Day 2019: More Power Together
A message from Dr Sharman Stone, on her third International Women’s Day as Ambassador for Women and Girls, as she celebrates the opportunities for collaborating to support gender equality.
International Women's Day 2017
A message from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, The Honorable Dr Sharman Stone, to mark International Women’s Day 2017.
Dr Sharman Stone — Ambassador for Women and Girls
The honourable Dr Sharman Stone became Australia's third Ambassador for Women and Girls on February 15, 2017.
Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls
In cooperation with the Australian Government Office for Women, the Ambassador for Women and Girls engages in international advocacy in support of Australian Government policies and programs to:
- Promote gender equality
- 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.
The Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls was established by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and former Minister for the Status of Women Kate Ellis in September 2011. Ms Penny Williams was Australia's first Ambassador for Women and Girls. The creation of the Ambassador position reflects the Australian Government's active commitment to promote gender equality and to give women a stronger voice, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.
Visit the photo gallery of the previous Ambassador for Women and Girls