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Young UN Women Australia Perth Zine

Message from the Chair of Young UN Women Perth


to our first zine - our fantastic new way of communicating all the exciting happenings of YUNWA Perth to you; from policy, to event photos and volunteer opportunities. And there is so much to fill you in on. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would have been aware of some of the incredible number of events and the huge amount of media attention devoted to the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day during the week of March 7-11. It was a phenomenal week that kicked off with the launch party for the WA Women’s Hall of Fame; featured a fabulous event with Liz Broderick on the Thursday night and ended with the official UN Women Australia Breakfast for more than 1000 people at the Convention Centre on the Friday morning. You also might have seen Eliza (the statue in the Swan River, near the Boat Shed) looking absolutely ravishing in purple, courtesy of a very early morning swim by some of the YUNWA Perth Committee. During the final week in March we had the privilege of having the UN Women Australia National Board in Perth and our (sold out!) ‘Women on Boards’ event, featuring an incredibly panel of speakers with a diverse array of board experience, gave some phenomenal insights into the world of executive decision making. Thanks so much to the Board members for taking the time to engage with our Committee and our members so actively during their visit to the West! Read on in our zine to check out the amazing pictures from our recent events. And on the topic of amazing, I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank my incredible Committee and dedicated YUNWA Volunteers for the phenomenal amount of work they’ve put in over the last couple of months- the mammoth scale of International Women’s Day in WA would not have been possible without your tireless work.

I’d also like to acknowledge the amazing bundle of excitement that is our UN Women Australia UWA Committee. Led by the fabulous Emma Tormey, Tanya Boyd and Davina Hunter, UWA will not know what hit it as these ladies build awareness about gender and development issues on campus and no doubt collect a ‘Best New Club on Campus’ award along the way. In other exciting news, I’d like to welcome Bruce Reynolds and the team at Crush Marketing to the Young UN Women Australia Perth Family. We are very excited to have a secured marketing sponsorship agreement with this innovative Perth marketing firm and I’d like to thank Bruce and Crush for their support. We are also edging ever closer to the end of the 201011 Committee’s terms and I urge all of you to look at our ‘Volunteering’ section for details as to how you can get involved in the 2011-12 Committee. A big thank you for all your ongoing support. I look forward to seeing you at a Young UN Women Australia Perth Committee Event soon. Holly Ransom

Young UN Women Australia’s Perth Committee Chair email: twitter: hollyransom


Our Committee CONTENTS april 2011

Chair Report ( 1 ) Opinion Piece: ( 3 - 4 ) Spotlight on Eliza ( 5 ) Power of 100 Event ( 6 - 7 ) An Evening WithElizabeth Broderick ( 8-9) WA Women Hall of Fame ( 10 - 11 ) IWD Breakfast ( 12 - 13 ) Women On Boards ( 14 - 15 ) Get Involved ( 16 ) Feminist Book Club ( 17 ) Contributors & Sponsors (18)



Microfinance and Development



“At the core of the concept of microcredit is, what I will term, a ‘respect’ for human dignity”

ince the inception of the concept of banking and sophisticated finance, societies have benefited from the use of financial and ‘inkind’ loans to create wealth from limited initial circumstances. This has fostered entrepreneurship and allowed business to develop and flourish, ultimately contributing to the relative financial prosperity enjoyed by developed countries today. However it is only relatively recently that the concept of credit has received significant recognition as a way by which poverty can be alleviated and as offering accessible and sustainable assistance to the development of a country. It is important to establish that it is ‘micro-credit’ of which this article concerns itself with, and not your traditional bank loan. ‘Micro-credit’ is part of the broader focus of micro-finance: the provision of financial services to the disadvantaged. ‘Micro-credit’ refers to the extension of small loans by institutions to those in impoverished situations. This allows those who do not satisfy the criteria for traditional credit to access a loan. The contemporary origins of micro-credit today are linked to a number of organisations. Most notable, is the work of the Grameen Bank and it’s founder Muhammad Yunus to provide micro-credit to communities in Bangladesh. ( It is not surprising that Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for their initiative.


Going against conventional banking practices, Yunus’ concept is to extend microcredit to the very poor without requiring initial equity or collateral, or a previous credit history to qualify for a loan. In doing so, the means to start small businesses is provided, with the loan to be repaid under sustainable long-term conditions. Yunus’ vision is to create the capacity for millions of small pursuits that will culminate in, what he terms, the ‘biggest development wonder’. Arguably, Yunus’ dream is well on the way to being recognised with October 2010 seeing 8.33 million borrowers, worldwide. At the core of the concept of microcredit is, what I will term, a ‘respect’ for human dignity. Microcredit and microfinance initiatives extend a helping hand, providing the means for the very poor to break the cycle of poverty through their own innovation rather than through reliance on aid projects. Extrapolating the development of a country where microcredit initiatives have been applied, it would not be controversial to extend the idea that sustainable economic development will occur. Investing in the individual is a powerful development tool. Analysis of such initiatives as that of the Grameen Bank supports the importance of the empowerment of women in the developmental process as well. Of the 8.33 million borrowers in October 2010, 97% of those were women. Not only is utility found in investing in the individual evidently, but also in investing in Women.


Economic studies have shown that 70 cents of each dollar invested in a woman is returned to the family, as compared to 40 cents when the dollar is invested in a man. This is not a slight on gender and it is simply the fact as it stands. As result of this higher return, an inevitable greater return towards development is made. Another initiative, The Hunger Project in Africa, distinctly focuses on the empowerment of African women to amazing effect. By providing women in Africa who farm with adequate training and the infrastructure to receive credit loans and to save, a saved total of US$850,000 was reached in 2009 contributed to by 30,000 partners. Not only this, but 21 rural banks were both created and graduated to operate independently of the project, run by rural women in communities.

TOP (R) Muhammad Yunus TOP (L) A displaced Somali farms crops under a UNHCR & Grameen Trust income-generation project. RIGHT Creating a world without poverty. How Social Business Can Transform Our Lives By Muhammad Yunus BELOW Women in Kenya selling products from their own market stall

It is evident from this analysis that there is known significant and sustainable developmental progress to be made when microfinance initiatives, especially microcredit programs, are extended to the impoverished and introduced into developing countries. This article has not sought to analyse the importance of the conjunction of good government and economic prosperity to create development, but rather to focus on the success of microcredit programs in creating economic development through empowering the individual and especially women. I believe that microfinance, and microcredit in particular, are and will play an important role in reaching those goals established by the world to relieve poverty.


The Young UN Women Australia Perth Chapter Celebrate 100th Anniversary International Women's Day 7 - 11 March 2011



started the celebrations

he Eliza statue in the Swan River near the Boat Shed was looking its best during International Women’s Day celebrations. For two whole weeks the Perth icon made a purple statement in honour of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day. Eliza was dressed the day before the landmark day approached. Brave YUNWA Perth committee members made their way to Eliza early in the morning. Even more brave was the cold dip into the Swan River before climbing up and dressing up the larger than average Eliza statue.

Eliza didn’t just start celebrations with any kind of dress. She was lucky enough to have a custom designed original by LittleGracie designer Ebony Harding. Creative Perth designer Harding, created an amazing purple dress with her signature frills that fit Eliza perfectly. Eliza was the talk of Perth with our Holly Ransom talking to Russell Woolf on ABC radio about the well dressed statue and why we all should celebrate International Women’s Day.

spotlight on LittleGracie Ebony Harding is the talented designer behind LittleGracie. It has quickly become a Perth fashion favourite. With feminine and quirky floral collections, Harding creates designs she hopes will, “make girls hearts flutter.” Facebook: LittleGracie Twitter: LittleGracie_



WA WOMEN HALL OF FAME /power of 100

h what a night! The start of International Women’s Week in Western Australia could not have gone off with a bigger bang. More than 1000 people gathered at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day through the launch of the ‘Hall of Fame’, which saw 100 unsung Western Australian heroines acknowledged for their contribution to the community. Over the proceeding month, Western Australians had been asked to nominate inspirational women for induction to the Hall of Fame. The application process involved detailing everything from the woman’s excellence in her chosen field of endeavor; to her contribution to the community; and her future goals and likely impact. The nominees were then judged by the International Women’s Day Steering Committee, which included Young UN Women Australia’s Perth Chair, Holly Ransom. The 100 inductees spanned all sectors of society and included notable names such as Perth Lord Mayor, Lisa Scaffidi and Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart but importantly the event also turned the spotlight onto the ‘quiet achievers’ of the Western Australian community.


Fittingly, on the 100th anniversary, the list also included posthumous awards to early women’s rights pioneers such as Edith Cowan and Margaret Court. Through the generous support of Rio Tinto the ‘Hall of Fame’ will be virtually recorded at www.powerof100. com and it is hoped that in 2011 we will have a permanent Hall of Fame. The launch party was an energising celebration of the women’s movement to date, with performances taking the audience back through the major achievements of the women’s movement: from the suffragettes through to modern day. The event culminated in surprise guest Jessica Mauboy performing a rousing rendition of ‘I am Woman’... the same song that ended the ‘dancefloor/karaoke’ session in the function room some hours later! The Hall of Fame launch was a fantastic event but much more im- Holly Ransom on stage during Hall of Fame portantly than that it was an excel- celebrations lent acknowledgment of the power of Western Australian women!

LEFT -YUNWA Perth Committee with His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC, the Governor General of WA L-R. Martina Ucnikova -Media & Comms Coordinator Charlotte Corbyn - Fundraising & Memberships Coordinator Emma Tormey - UWA UN Women Club President Nicky Sandover - Treasurer Holly Ransom - YUNWA Perth Chapter Chair Tegan Smith - Events Coordinator Anna Johnson - Secretary Sally Fox - Volunteer & Memberships Coordiator Jen Mitchell - Policy Coordinator Tanya Boyd - YUNWA Perth Chapter Member

TOP - Holly Ransom, Barbara McNaught Momentum Women’s Forum BELOW - Jessica Mauboy

TOP - Nicky Sandover, Tegan Smith RIGHT -Sally Fox, Breony Allen,Anna Johnson


an evening with Elizabeth Broderic k


awyer and businesswoman, Elizabeth was appointed Sex Discrimination Commissioner (and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination) for a five-year term in September 2007. Elizabeth has travelled the length and breadth of Australia listening to women and men’s concerns about gender equality and age discrimination. For example, in 2009 she accompanied a group of Aboriginal women to the United Nations where they told their story of rebuilding their community following years of alcohol abuse. Last year, as a way of participating in a campaign of activism, Elizabeth Broderick decided that for 16 days she would start all her speeches, regardless of their subject, with a discussion of gender-based violence. Elizabeth is also an advisor on women’s issues to the Australian Chief of the Defence Force, a member of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Advisory Board, the Vic Health Advisory Board and the ANU Centre for Public and International Law. Elizabeth has a twin sister, enjoys reading crime novels, and doesn’t own a TV. No wonder she manages to get so much done!



oung UN Women Australia Perth members and guests were lucky enough to meet Liz at an intimate event at Mercedes College Performing Arts Centre on March 10. This event was one of a number of successful International Women’s Day events held in Perth. Liz laid out a snapshot of gender equality in Australia – how far we’ve come, what remains to be done, and how we should go about achieving a more just world for men and women. Her presentation was truly engrossing, and the guests were captivated by her obvious passion for gender equality as well as her practical, down-to-earth, engaging style. One particular story Liz told was extremely moving. She told us about an elderly woman who came into a domestic violence counselling service in Sydney. When the counsellor asked why she had come now, after living in a violent relationship for 40 years, she said it was because over Christmas her daughter and granddaughter came to stay with her. When her husband came home from the pub and began to beat her up, her daughter (who was in her forties) hid in the spare room, which was how she had coped with the violence as a child.


ut her granddaughter watched from another room, and after it was all over, she went up to her grandmother. She said, ‘Look, Gran, it doesn’t have to be like this. I learnt last week at school from a Respectful Relationships program that we can ring this number and you and I are going to go in and find someone who can help you.’ It was no surprise to hear that Liz’s goal for last part of her term is to focus her energies on developing strategies to eradicate violence against women. After her presentation, Liz answered a number of thoughtful questions from the audience and then the Mercedes College Head Girl Rebecca Joseph added her reflections on Liz’s comments and gave the formal thanks. It was a pleasure to meet Liz and we hope to entice her back to speak to our members again in the near future. Sex Discrimination Commissioners Office twitter - AusHumanRights facebook- Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick

OPPOSITE TOP (l) - Anna Johnson, Elizabeth Broderick TOP (r) Emma Tormey, Holly Ransom, Tanya Boyd, Samya Farrooq BOTTOM (l) Mercedes College students, (r) Holly Ransom, Guest, Elizabeth Broderick

BELOW- The YUNWA Perth Committee with Sue Conde AM and Elizabeth Broderick



1- Sally Fox, Emma Tormey, Tegan Smith, Holly Ransom, Charlotte Corbyn, Anna Johnson, Jen Mitchell 2- Guest Zeena, Manal Omar, Sue Conde AM, David Conde, Anne Banks-Mcallister, Dorinda Cox, Alison Aggarwal 3- Manal Omar 4- Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner 5- Minister Robyn McSweeney 6- L-R (Back row) Rhonda Murphy - Count Me In: Disability Future Directions Advisory Group, Kerry Allan-Zinner - CMI Ambassador for disability, Dawn Walton - Disability Services Commission, Kerry Stopher - DSC, Taryn Harvey CEO Developmental Disability Council, (Front row) Laura Miller - DSC Board, Melissa Northcott - CMI Ambassador, Penny Rogers - Disability Access Officer


UN Women Australia Breakfast




he UN Women Australia International Women’s Day Breakfast was a thought provoking event , with special guests providing everyone with engaging speeches. It was a great experience to witness a room full of intellgient men, women and students join in celebrating what women can and have achieved locally, nationally and overseas. The guest speakers included Elizabeth Broderick - the Sex Discrimation Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission and Sue Conde - President of UN Women Australia who formally launched UN Women - the new title for UNIFEM. Guests were excited to hear from special guest speaker Manal Omar, the director of Iraq programs at the United States Institute for Peace. Omar gave a moving speech that informed and motivated guests to start their own conversations about the issues she promotes. Serving as an inspiration to those who attended, Omar has worked hard to promote women’s rights within an Islamic framework and the role of women in post conflict, peace mediation and nation building. Starting her career as a journalist in the Middle East in 1996, Omar has worked for UNESCO, Women for Women International and the World Bank’s development economics group. The breakfast was a great success with every dollar raised going towards UN Women projects that promote female political participation and leadership.






n Australia, only 10% of the Boards of ASX 100 companies are women and that number drops even further to 1.5-2% if you consider that it tends to be the same women sitting on multiple boards. In fact their are 84 companies in the ASX 200 who don’t have any women on their boards! Hosted by UN Women Australia’s President Sue Conde, and timed with the first ever visit of the UN Women Australia Board to Perth, the ‘Women on Boards’ event aimed to share the insights of four phenomenal female speakers with a wealth of board experience, to empower aspiring female Directors with the knowledge and skills necessary to rise to Executive positions. The sellout event was attended by more than 100 young Perth men and women!!! Following an introduction to the topic by Senator Michaelia Cash; UN Women Australia Board Member Leonie-Ruth Acland talked about the role of boards and board members, drawing on stories from her extensive board experience to draw the distinction between managerial and governance boards and outline how to be an effective board member. 13

Next up, Julie Mckay, Executive Director of UN Women Australia, talked about young women and boards, specifically how to assess whether you’re board ready and how young women can secure their first board role. Julie shared her “4 Es” for assessing board readiness and stressed the benefits of seeking out a board mentor. Gemey Visscher, a Foodbank Board Member, talked about the legal requirements of Board Members; explaining the five duties board members are expected to adhere to and outlining the liability of board members in the case of company failure. Valerie Davies, Vice President of the WA Branch of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, then shared stories from the fifteen boards she’s held the role of a Non-Executive Director on, detailing how to find board opportunities and where to go for the training and development that you need to ensure you’re board ready. Question time opened debate about whether Australia should have legislative quotas on the percentage of women that must be on boards and the mingling time after the event allowed the audience to pick the brains of the phenomenal panellists and visiting board members.

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5 4 1- Julie McKay, UN Women Australia Executive Director 2- Senator Michaelia Cash, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women and Immigration 3- Leonie-Ruth Acland, Facilitator/Consultant 4- Valerie Davies, Vice President of the WA Branch of Company Directors 5- Gemey Visscher, Partner at Freehills and Foodbank Board Member 6- Guest Speakers and The Young UN Women Australia Perth Committee 7- Holly Ransom, Sue Conde AM, UN Women Australia President 8- Reece Harley 9- Anna Johnson, Gordon Davies, Athanae Lucev 9- Holly Ransom, Tegan Smith, Elizabeth Shaw, Tanya Boyd, Emma Tormey



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Get To Work by Linda Hirschman “Stay-at-home moms do not like to hear that the sacrifice of their education, talents and prospects to their spouses’ aspirations and their children’s needs was a mistake,” writes Hirshman, “so they contend the stay-at-home decision cannot be judged.” But by making that “stay-at-home decision,” Hirshman contends, women are creating, collectively, their own glass ceiling, in the end harming society as a whole by keeping educated, affluent women hidden at home. In this slim treatise, Hirshman adds intelligent and much-needed dialogue to an important and emotional debate. - Publishers Weekly

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