Women join in solidarity for the world's most marginalised

30 Apr 2014   |   Media release   |   Supporter action

Women for the World

In Caritas Australia’s 50th Year and the month that heralds mothers in Australia, the inaugural Women for the World event will take place on May 8 at the Opera Point Marquee, Sydney. Over 200 women will gather to join together in solidarity and raise funds for women living in poverty globally.

Sports presenter of the Channel 9 Today Show and Walkley Award winning journalist, Ben Fordam, will be the host of the event. The money raised will go to Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s agency for international aid and development, one of Australia’s largest aid and development agencies.

Caritas is part of Caritas Internationalis, the second largest humanitarian network in the world. Through effective partnerships in humanitarian aid and development, Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity in over 35 countries around the world including in Australia, Nepal, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Peru and Papua New Guinea. Many Caritas Australia projects promote equality and the empowerment of women.

Women make up approximately 70 percent of the world’s poor and two thirds of people unable to read and write are female. More than 11 million women and girls are in forced labour, while one in three females experience physical and sexual violence. They face, particularly in developing countries, systematic discrimination in education, employment, healthcare, control of assets and participation.

We believe women are key to making a real, long-lasting change..."

Sydney based mother of two, Alison Green, is one of the key organisers of the event and group called Women for the World.

“We believe women are key to making a real, long-lasting change,” Alison said.

“Women hold an important and influential role in the home and fabric of our society. By bringing together women who are passionate about social justice and by using their networks, we can help fight poverty, promote justice and equality.”

“Women for the World is also an opportunity to be a good role model and for mothers to share something special with their daughters.”

Caritas Australia’s Program Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lulu is one of the key speakers at the event and comes from the DRC.

Caritas Australia has been supporting development programs in the DRC, focusing on mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS, supporting survivors of sexual violence, medical assistance, trauma counselling and reintegration of child soldiers.

“Economically empowering women often results in the benefits flowing throughout the whole community,” Ms Mitshabu said.

For more information contact: Media Advisor, Nicole Clements on 0408 869 833 nicolec@caritas.org.au

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