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DEAR FRIENDS, I am so grateful to UN Women National Committee Australia, along with its partners and supporters, for all that you do to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women. Together we are building the momentum for a better world – a world in which societies are free of gender-based discrimination, where women and men have equal opportunities, where women and girls are empowered to be leaders and decision-makers, and where women’s rights are upheld in all efforts to further development, human rights, peace and security. This is no easy task, and we have many obstacles to overcome, but your commitment, your advocacy and your vital financial contributions are helping to drive encouraging progress. Thanks to your support, we have been able to make important headway, even in the most challenging areas: 72 laws have been adopted or amended to strengthen women’s rights in 61 countries. For example, in Lebanon, the parliament agreed to abolish a law that exempted rapists from punishment if they married their victims. Seventy per cent of UN-supported peace agreements included provisions to improve security and status for women and girls. To date, over 1.3 million men and boys have made a commitment to stand up for gender equality by signing up to HeForShe, and more than 1600 companies have adopted the Women’s Empowerment Principles. In the past year alone, more than 5,000 women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia and Liberia benefited from business and financial literacy training. And in Haiti, support from UN Women contributed to the election of four women to Parliament, finally moving Haiti off the list of countries with no women legislators. Contributions to UN Women National Committee Australia played a critical role in the ‘Safe Public Transport’ project with two new Meri Seif buses being supplied. More than 6,000 bus trips have been made since last year, providing women and children in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, with safe, reliable public transportation. The buses also provide a safe space to discuss issues affecting women and girls. Through the UN Women-supported Sanap Wantaim campaign, the buses house weekly talks on services that protect and support women, like those for survivors of gender-based violence. Making sure that women’s and girls’ unique needs are addressed in times of emergency is another key focus of UN Women. Thanks to you, we were able to respond quickly and effectively last year to natural disasters in the Pacific and around the world, helping to rectify the ways in which women and girls are most affected by disaster. You will find many more examples of your support in action in this year’s Annual Report. I hope that when you read it you will see the incredible impact that you are making, as well as the need to take this support even further. The reality is that, in order to fully develop capacities, implement sustainable programmes and deliver tangible results, more funding is needed. In the year ahead, your support will be increasingly critical as we face the growing global challenges of violent extremism, climate change and mass population displacements. It is only with the ongoing determination of our National Committees, in Australia and around the world, and the continued commitment of individuals and partners like you, that we can move closer to our goal of a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Thank you again for your support. Together, we have the power to create a brighter future for women and girls, and a better world for us all. With warm regards, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director of UN Women

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Over the past year, we have embarked on new initiatives to expand our reach in support of women and girls around our region and around the globe. Thanks to the support of our community and the Australian Government, we are proud to celebrate some exciting ‘firsts’:


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• Launching our first-ever face-to-face fundraising program. This outreach program brings the magic of UN Women to more people than ever before, and generates ongoing support that the world’s women can count on. • Delivering a new bus to the women and girls of Port Moresby, enabling them to travel to work and school free from violence. This bus was funded by our first-ever crowdfunding campaign. We were overwhelmed with the response we received from Australian donors, and are thrilled to report the bus is used to transport an average of 320 women and girls each day. • Reaching a milestone of over 1000 Empowerment Champions – our program of monthly UN Women donors who join us in creating brighter futures for women and girls. • Celebrating the Australian Government signing its first multi-year partnership agreement with UN Women: a four-year, $31.16 million commitment to core funding, in addition to project-based support. The Australian Government is the fifth largest contributor to UN Women’s work worldwide. This partnership is a strong commitment to gender equality at a time when this support is hard to come by globally.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OVER THE LAST YEAR INCLUDE: • Hosting the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister for Women, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Greens at our annual Parliamentary Breakfast, where party leaders committed to policies to accelerate progress towards gender equality. • Joining the Australian Government Delegation to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. It was an incredible honour to work alongside Minister for Women Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash and representatives from civil society organisations to strengthen global commitments on the priority theme of ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’.

• Embarking on our second “Ride for Rights” in Vietnam. UN Women’s field team in Vietnam hosted 21 riders for field visits in Da Nang Province, to visit a whole of community approach to ending violence against women, for which the riders raised funds. We also launched our first ever Trek for Rights, departing in Nepal in April 2018. • Participating in the COAG Summit on Domestic and Family Violence. I was delighted to join state premiers, and representatives from business and civil society to develop joint actions to end violence against women and their children.

• Hosting more than 8,000 people at our International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations, and supporting hundreds more to host their own events. We were spellbound by stories of hope and determination from Muniba Mazari from Pakistan, and Aleta Miller from UN Women’s Pacific office in Fiji.

• Joining our partner QUT Business School, who hosted the Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Summit, with speakers from our Platinum Partners, CBA and Aurizon, Silver Sponsor, PwC, and the important personal stories of those who have experienced domestic and family violence.

• Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Adelaide IWD breakfast – a milestone the organising committee marked with a 25th anniversary contribution of $100,000 to support a women’s leadership and political participation program in Bougainville.

• Launching a fully funded Global Executive MBA Scholarship with our NSW Education Partner, the University of Sydney Business School, in addition to their suite of UN Women NC Australia co-sponsored scholarships.

After seven years on the Board, and three as President, it is time for me to pass the baton. I leave an organisation that has gone from strength to strength, led by incredible women I have had the privilege to work with, and supported by a community who believe in the transformational impact of this work as strongly as we do. The Board is looking forward to continuing to invest in ways we can expand the scope and impact of UN Women’s work in our region and around the world. I am incredibly proud of the work that UN Women undertakes, and it would not be possible without the support of our partners and donors – thank you. I would also like to thank our extraordinary Executive Director Janelle Weissman for her leadership and dedication, as well as our talented and committed team of staff, interns and IWD volunteers. Finally, I’d like to thank Board Members, past and present, who I have been honoured to serve alongside. When we look around the world, we are reminded that progress towards gender equality is not assured. Women’s rights are heavily politicised, and are often a matter of one step forward, two steps back. UN Women’s mission to empower women and girls around the world has never been more critical. I look forward to continuing to support and champion these efforts, and I hope that you do too.

Elizabeth Shaw President

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HURRICANE MATTHEW On 3 October 2016, Haiti was hit by the strongest hurricane in almost a decade. Hurricane Matthew caused death and devastation in the south of the country leaving more than 1.5 million people, still affected by the 2010 earthquake, in need of humanitarian assistance. As is common in many other crisis settings, women and girls were the most affected by Hurricane Matthew. In the aftermath, although women often single-handedly shoulder the caregiving responsibilities for the family and survivors, they are rarely consulted in response and recovery efforts and consequently, their needs and priorities are not met. In the wake of the destruction, UN Women was on the ground supporting social services in the affected areas working to ensure swift identification of women and girls in need of assistance and protection as a result of the hurricane. UN Women set up multipurpose safe spaces to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and provide ongoing protection. Working closely with partners, UN Women also established a cash-for-work-program, helping put the most vulnerable women on the path to economic recovery.

DIGNITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS: UN WOMEN DISTRIBUTES NECESSITY KITS TO DISPLACED WOMEN AND GIRLS OF MOSUL In response to ongoing conflict, UN Women assisted the women and girls of Mosul through evidence gathering, coordination, capacity building and targeted services in order to address their specific needs and vulnerabilities. UN Women in Iraq distributed 20,000 necessity kits and 3,000 thermal blankets to displaced women and girls of Mosul. UN Women also set up a Listening Centre offering a space for women to communicate their needs and engage in the ongoing recovery efforts. The centre also extended free legal aid, protection and prevention services for survivors of conflictrelated sexual violence. Following immediate response efforts, UN Women continued to work in other areas of Iraq, providing support to over 1,300 women to build their self-reliance and resilience through cash for work support, emergency employment, skills training and business start-up ​grants.

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UN Women NC Australia tax time campaign raised funds during May and June in order to support response efforts for women and girls in crisis. Thanks to our wonderful supporters we raised almost $60,000, including a generous dollar match of $5000 from our friends at Autopia.

PREVENTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN VIETNAM According to qualitative research supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Partners for Prevention Joint Programme, in Vietnam, violence is accepted as a disciplinary tool for men to establish their authority over the women in their lives – as long as it occurs in the privacy of the home. In fact, more than half of women in Vietnam report experiencing violence at some point in their lifetime, according to the Government and the United Nations’ National Study on Domestic Violence Against Women in Vietnam. To stop violence against women before it starts, UN Women in partnership with the Da Nang Women’s Union, UN Volunteers, and the Partners for Prevention Joint Programme,

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developed the Male Advocacy Club – part of a one-year Male Advocacy Program. The program supports one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for the year 2030—gender equality—a key component of which is the elimination of violence against women and girls. Using the combined power of different generations to prevent violence against women and girls, the Male

Advocacy Program invites younger and older men who show an interest in violence prevention to join a nearby club. Together, 120 men aged 18-60 in Da Nang Province work to transform deep-rooted beliefs and behaviours that increase women and girls’ risk of violence. Initial reports, six months into the program, showed promise of changing gender norms and prevention of violence.

KEEPING THE MERI SEIF BUS ON THE ROAD “Meri Seif Bus always to my rescue” LEO BERYL OERI In 2015, UN Women launched its first women and children only bus service in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Soon after the launch, a second bus was introduced. Since then, the Meri Seif buses safely transported an average of 300 women and girls around Port Moresby each day. Unfortunately, in 2016 both of the second-hand buses broke down and were beyond repair. Thanks to our wonderful family of monthly supporters, we are at times able to respond quickly when there

is a desperate need and were able to purchase one new bus to keep the service running. However, demand for the vital service meant we had to act fast in order to meet the crucial needs of women and children living in Port Moresby and continue to give them the safety they deserve. At the end of 2016, we launched our very first crowdfunding campaign to

purchase a second bus for the program to help meet the demand for the service. The campaign received amazing public support, successfully raising over $70,000. Since the newest bus launched in January 2017, more than 37,536 women and children have had access to safe transport, with an average of 320 women and children using the service each day.

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INVESTING IN WOMEN AND GIRLS PLACING PACIFIC WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF DISASTER PLANNING AND RESPONSE When disasters strike, persisting gender inequalities often mean women and girls are impacted differently and their needs are often forgotten. These same inequalities can also shut women out of decision-making processes that shape disaster preparedness, response and rebuilding efforts. In August 2016, UN Women along with key partners organised and delivered the Pacific Regional Gender and Protection in Humanitarian Action training. The training brought together government agencies, international and national organisations providing services and humanitarian assistance from Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to discuss how women in all their diversity need to be part of all stages of emergency management. Since then, the participants have worked with UN Women to facilitate national trainings in their own countries, which have given further impetus for integrating gender and protection into all aspects of disaster planning and response mechanisms in their countries. The initiative aims to work with women who are leaders in their communities. They know their neighbours, their land, their communities, their family and their own needs, and their voices are critical in the planning and decision-making on disaster preparedness and response. Leveraging women’s leadership, networks and knowledge, and ensuring women take leadership roles in disaster planning and response will lead to better outcomes for women, and girls, but also men and boys. The Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster continues to work towards ensuring that integrating gender and protection needs is the norm, rather than an option or afterthought.


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OUR EMPOWERMENT CHAMPIONS Our amazing monthly supporters are champions for women and girls across the globe so we wanted to know why they chose to become Empowerment Champions. [I became an Empowerment Champion] “to empower women. I come from a privileged nation and even our society needs to make changes due to gender inequality. When you hear of how women have so many less rights than you in other countries... it’s time to step up and try to help.” - Kim, NSW

[I became an Empowerment Champion because] “improving the outcomes of women brings a better society for all. I can see what the UN is doing for women and your long history of building better futures for women and children.” - Veronica, ACT

[I became an Empowerment Champion] “to support women in having the same opportunities for education, employment and ultimately empowerment and control over their own destiny. It’s important work locally, and also internationally, in countries where there are greater gaps in gender equality.” - Danita, QLD

[I became an Empowerment Champion] “because there is so much we need to do to support women to achieve financial independence and a safer environment. I attended an International Women’s Day event and heard about the great work you are doing, so it just seemed like the right thing to do.” - Jim, VIC

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2017: EMPOWER A WOMAN. EMPOWER A NATION. In 2017 our International Women’s Day theme was “empower a woman, empower a nation” recognising the pivotal role women play in all aspects of society. The campaign opened dialogue throughout business, government and the community about the obstacles women face globally, and how women’s empowerment translates into stronger nations, economies and communities. Over the IWD period, UN Women National Committee Australia raised $425,000 to support UN Women’s work ensuring women’s financial security and involvement in decision-making across the Asia-Pacific region. Thanks to the incredible support from our donors, partners and sponsors, event attendees, local event supporters and community fundraisers, UN Women Pakistan is implementing a program to empower women garment workers through skills training, job placement, leadership training and collective action to ensure their rights are respected at work and that they have sustainable livelihood options. The funds raised at International Women’s Day are also


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supporting UN Women’s work in Fiji, supporting women’s livelihoods and leadership through programs such as Markets for Change, offering training and improving facilities in the marketplace. UN Women National Committee Australia again hosted our flagship six events across the country. The events were attended by more than 8000 people in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. A distinguished panel spoke at each event, with discussions focussed on ways that we can advance women’s leadership and financial security, here in Australia, and across the Asia-Pacific region. Informing the panel discussions in each city were Aleta Miller, UN Women

Representative, Fiji Multi-Country Office and Muniba Mazari, UN Women Pakistan National Ambassador. Aleta and Muniba were joined by a domestic panellist at most other events including Elizabeth Proust, Chairman of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Sydney), Kate Jenkins, Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner (Melbourne), Tracey Horton, Chairman for Navitas Limited (Perth) and David Smales, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Queensland (Brisbane). Discussions were moderated by Tracey Spicer, National Co-Founder and Convenor of Women in Media and Sandra Sully, Journalist and Senior Editor with TEN eyewitness News (Sydney).

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ADELAIDE IWD BREAKFAST: CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SUPPORTING UN WOMEN 2017 marks the 25th year that the Adelaide IWD Breakfast has supported UN Women’s work empowering women and girls around the world. Organised by a group of loyal supporters each year, the Adelaide IWD Breakfast is one of Australia’s largest IWD events. In 2017, the Adelaide IWD Breakfast raised $100,000 to support women’s leadership workshops with newly elected women local government officials (thanks to a new quota supported by UN Women, Bougainville's local government is 50/50 male/female) and explore other opportunities to advance women’s participation in decision-making. The workshops will build networks and capacity for women leaders, particularly in key areas such as policy development, legislation and executive decision-making

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IWD IN THE COMMUNITY International Women’s Day was celebrated widely in the community in 2017, with over 96 individuals and organisations registering their activities with the National Committee. Events supporting UN Women’s work ran from Darwin to North Arm Cove, from Parramatta to Perth, united by their commitment to empower women and girls worldwide. UN Women National Committee Australia Annual Report 16/17


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ENGAGING THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT AUSTRALIA’S LEADERS COME TOGETHER FOR GENDER EQUALITY Our International Women’s Day campaign launched in February by welcoming more than 120 guests at our annual IWD Parliamentary Breakfast. This year, the Parliamentary Breakfast was co-hosted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Leader of the Australian Greens Richard Di Natale and brought together Members of Parliament, Departmental Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries as well as leaders from the Defence Force and community to reflect on Australia’s progress towards women’s leadership. At the Breakfast, Australia’s leaders highlighted efforts both domestically and internationally to advance women’s leadership and economic independence; as well as recognising the progress still to be made. The Parliamentary Breakfast was delivered thanks to the kind financial support of the Office for Women.

UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the main inter-governmental body of the United Nations dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. For two weeks in March each year, representatives from UN member states, UN entities and NGOs come together at UN Headquarters in New York to review global progress on women’s rights.

In 2017, the CSW priority theme was ‘women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work’ with an emerging issue of ‘the empowerment of indigenous women’. Discussions centred around topics such as equal pay, redistribution of caring responsibilities and other structural barriers to women’s full participation in the economy.

CSW61 was attended by Executive Director Janelle Weissman and staff member Grace Hill. In addition to this, Board President, Elizabeth Shaw was selected to represent civil society voices as a Civil Society Representative on the Australian Government delegation to CSW. Our National Committee delegates had the unique opportunity to participate in a Town Hall meeting with UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres; meet with UN Women representatives from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, the Fund for Gender Equality, HeForShe and the Humanitarian Unit as well as colleagues from other UN Women National Committees; to attend a range of government and civil society events and witness policy negotiations in action.


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AUSTRALIA AND UN WOMEN REAFFIRM PARTNERSHIP In December 2016, the Government of Australia and UN Women signed a new four-year Partnership Framework Agreement, reaffirming their shared commitment to the advancement of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. The 2016-2020 Partnership Framework establishes a comprehensive set of shared principles and objectives, and lays out the future direction for the continued collaboration, including strengthening the coordination and promotion of gender equality within the United Nations system, enhancing women’s economic empowerment in the Pacific region, and ending violence against women and girls, among others. The Partnership Framework also outlines Australia’s multi-year contribution of $22.74 million USD ($31.16 million AUD) to core resources over the next four years, providing UN Women with greater funding predictability and flexibility to support the implementation of the current Strategic Plans for 2014-2017 and the upcoming Plan for 2018-2021, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A key strategic partner, Australia has provided critical financial and political support since the establishment of UN Women. Australia is the third largest donor to non-core resources and ninth largest to core resources, making it the fifth largest overall donor to UN Women.

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RIDE FOR RIGHTS 2017 21 passionate supporters of UN Women set off on an adventure in March 2017. In just 13 days the team cycled over 290km across Vietnam raising funds and visiting UN Women programs. The team raised over $93,000 to support UN Women’s ongoing whole-of-community response to ending violence against women and girls. Photo: Jenifer Guerrero

STUDENTS CREATE BRIGHTER FUTURES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS Students at schools and universities around the country continue to champion UN Women’s work. Schools like Ruyton Girls’ School, Melbourne Grammar School and Gymea Technology High School continue to support the work of UN Women, raising much-needed funds in the response to Cyclone Winston, the Syrian Refugee Crisis and women’s leadership programs in the Pacific. Students nationwide continue to engage with the National Committee by hosting bake sales and panel events, participating in fun-runs and celebrating International Women’s Day.


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CELEBRATING YOUR BIRTHDAY AND CHANGING THE WORLD Each day, around the world, 19 million people celebrate their birthday. Imagine if instead of presents, 19 million people were given donations towards their favourite causes. This is the idea behind our ‘Donate Your Birthday’ campaign, launched by our National Committee Champions Nicole da Silva and Cheyenne Tozzi in 2016. Nicole, Cheyenne and other supporters of the National Committee asked friends and family to donate to UN Women National Committee Australia in lieu of birthday gifts and together they have raised over $80,000 for UN Women’s work around the world. We look forward to continuing to change the world, one birthday at a time – will you join us?

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS The work of UN Women National Committee Australia would not be possible without the generous contributions from our partners and sponsors. We are grateful to the following organisations for supporting the National Committee to continue our work raising funds to support vital projects that empower women in countries where needs are great and resources scarce. GOVERNMENT PARTNER




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CBA OFFERS SUPPORT TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FINANCIAL ABUSE The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been a Platinum Partner of the National Committee since 2013-14, which has included significant participation every International Women’s Day, through delivering keynote addresses and donating Albert terminals to facilitate donations at six events across the country. For the last two years, CBA has created widespread advocacy and awareness campaigns to end domestic and family violence, through its participation in the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE campaign to end violence against women. In 2017, CBA put a spotlight on financial abuse, an oftentimes overlooked and misunderstood area of violence. In consultation with leading service providers, CBA released a financial abuse booklet for support workers to help affected people establish financial independence as a key step in leaving an abusive relationship. In addition to the booklet for frontline workers, in the past year CBA has invested in financial counsellors and are providing training for their own staff given their encounters with customers experiencing financial abuse, to ensure they are prepared to respond appropriately and provide support where needed. Janelle Weissman was pleased to speak at the launch event of the financial abuse toolkit in June.

AURIZON’S SAFETY FOCUS PUTS PEOPLE FIRST Aurizon has partnered with the National Committee since 2013-14, and has championed numerous gender equality initiatives within the business and in support of the broader community. With widespread participation each International Women’s Day, Aurizon’s people have had ample opportunity to engage with the work of UN Women. Aurizon puts the safety, health and wellbeing of their people at the core of everything they do. In 2017, Aurizon participated in a symposium co-hosted by the National Committee, QUT Business School and Diversity Practitioners Association on workplace responses to domestic and family violence. By sharing the Aurizon story, working to improve their safety culture, programs and processes with their teams and leaders, countless symposium participants took away substantive examples of how they too can respond to their people impacted by domestic and family violence. This response is a part of their overall commitment to the safety, health and wellbeing of all employees.


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DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE (DFAT) The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the National Committee’s Government Partner for International Women’s Day. The National Committee and DFAT work closely together to deliver a successful suite of International Women’s Day events, as well as to develop the International Women’s Day Schools’ Kit. In 2017, DFAT published a booklet ‘Australia advancing women’s economic empowerment through aid, trade and economic diplomacy’ showcasing the achievements of Australian aid in advancing women’s economic empowerment. The Australian Government continues to be a strong advocate for women and girls through its foreign policy, international development program and renewed support of UN Women.

ESPRIT IWD 2017 CAMPAIGN Again in 2017, Esprit Australia and NZ developed a sensational campaign around IWD that raised more than $54,000 in support of UN Women’s programs to empower and protect women and girls around the world. This year’s signature scarf was launched in February, with all proceeds benefiting UN Women. Bloggers, celebrities and other community influencers were spotted in the scarf, and everyone’s support of UN Women through the purchase of the scarf has been greatly appreciated. Esprit’s support over the past five years has topped $350,000. Esprit’s 2016 and 2017 scarves are timeless, and continue to be enjoyed by happy customers across Australia.

PWC PwC was one of the National Committee’s first sponsors, and their support continues in many different ways. This International Women’s Day, PwC hosted an internal event with UN Women’s Pacific Representative, Aleta Miller, to dive more deeply into a conversation about leadership and the economic empowerment of women. PwC team members from coast to coast embraced the ‘I Stand for Gender Equality’ campaign with hundreds of employees posting images, and statements about what a gender equal world looks like. Given PwC’s dual role, as both a global UN Women 10x10x10 Impact Champion in support of the HeForShe campaign, and a sponsor of the National Committee here in Australia, Managing Partner, Helen Fazzino represented PwC at a special event co-hosted by Commonwealth Bank and Australian Women Donors Network with UN Women’s Head of the global HeForShe initiative, Elizabeth Nyamayaro. PwC has also contributed its expertise to develop technology solutions to streamline donations to UN Women.

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS SCHOOL We were again pleased to partner with the University of Sydney Business School to offer the ‘UN Women National Committee Australia MBA Scholarship’. This prestigious scholarship provides two successful candidates each year with the opportunity to pursue a fully-funded MBA at the University of Sydney Business School. We were also delighted to add a third scholarship into our partnership – the ‘UN Women National Committee Australia Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) Scholarship’. The addition of this new scholarship aims to increase women’s leadership at senior decision-making levels.

QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS SCHOOL Queensland Education Partner, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Business School continues to convene important conversations through this partnership. QUT hosted a roundtable with Queensland leaders on women’s economic empowerment, to discuss the findings of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. QUT also co-hosted the Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Symposium which featured fellow partners Aurizon, CBA and PwC, who are driving organisational responses to support their people when affected by violence. UN Women National Committee Australia Annual Report 16/17


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In December 2016, the Australian Government signed a four-year partnership agreement with UN Women to ensure core (general) contributions to UN Women are maintained, and again this year core and non-core (direct program) contributions topped $20 million USD. National Committee investments remain conservatively invested in cash and term deposits.

FINANCIAL REPORTS 2016-17 This year, UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia has continued its strategic focus on fundraising, and investing in fundraising capacity. The initial results of this investment are evident by the fact that we have been able to contribute $800,000 in support of UN Women programs in PNG, the Pacific, Pakistan, Vietnam, Nepal, Haiti, Myanmar, and for UN Women’s urgent crisis response. Our operating surplus of $402,692, is up from $277,640. We are retaining a portion of these funds to continue to invest in our growth, and the balance to increase our 2017 contribution to UN Women. Our total reserves as at 30 June 2017 are $1,238,284. UN Women NC Australia launched our in-house face to face fundraising program at the end of 2016. The program itself has expanded the Empowerment Champions (or monthly donors) program, and has offered important lessons for the organisation. While we directly mobilise, train and support our fundraisers who are raising funds for UN Women every day, the workforce has been difficult to recruit and maintain. We have implemented a number of measures to bolster success of the program which is still in its pilot phase.

International Women’s Day (IWD) continues to be an important source of revenue, from both event-based fundraising and related partnerships. Events are not inexpensive to deliver, but the benefits through advocacy and funds raised continue to balance the costs associated with coordinating the largest IWD event series in Australia. We are pleased that IWD continues to feature on so many individuals’ and organisations’ calendars, and generates dialogue about and support for UN Women’s work in our region and around the world. In the fifth year of our partnership, Esprit raised more than $50,000 for UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, engaging their customer base to advance gender equality. We were pleased that Australia remains among the top donors to UN Women.

Funding operational costs remains a challenge for all small not-forprofit organisations. I would like to acknowledge the support we receive from our Platinum Partners Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Aurizon; Gold Partner Esprit; Silver Sponsor PwC; Education Partners the University of Sydney Business School and Queensland University of Technology Business School and the many organisations that support our work through the provision of pro bono services. We continue to be grateful for the support received from our Government Partner, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and additional generous support provided by the Office for Women. I acknowledge and thank our Auditor Tony Bandle and our accountant, Karen Groves from Successful Alliances, given their longtime advice, wisdom and support. I would also like to thank Hugh Chalmers, who stepped down earlier this year, Shane Bellchambers and Viktorija Bakker for their support as independent members of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee. The success in the past year would not have been possible without the generous support of each of our supporters, responding to specific appeals, and, our Empowerment Champions, giving generously every month. Thank you for your kind contributions. Teresa Dyson Chair Finance, Audit and Risk Committee UN Women National Committee Australia Annual Report 16/17


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Events and Campaigns

Other Income

Organisational Sustainability

Attitudinal Change



UN Women Programs

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Government Grants

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$13,211,484 $19.48 million $6,276,265

$9,820,418 $17.24 million

$11,000,000 $18.99 million $7,990,000


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$6,700,000 $16.2 million $9,500,000

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80% of all dontations recieved are contributed directly to UN Women.

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THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS Elizabeth Shaw President Verity Blackman Debra Eckersley Virginia Haussegger* Dimity Hodge Kathy Hirschfeld Teresa Dyson Fran Raymond* Catherine Walker Fiona Lang

STAFF Janelle Weissman Executive Director Adele Armstrong* Lauren Conron Grace Hill



A special thank you to our interns and volunteers whose valuable contributions we deeply appreciate.

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Leisa Quinn Tori Sewell* Andrew Wykes Lyssa Borham Philip Purcell Katie Burgos-Crossley Sonia Khosla*

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