Hosted by Senator the Hon Penny Wong with guest speaker Sally Sara, ABC award winning foreign correspondent.
Sally Sara is an award winning foreign correspondent with the ABC. She has
reported from more than 30 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Zimbabwe,
South Africa and Sierra Leone.
At the age of 29, Sally was the first woman to be appointed as the ABC’s
Africa Correspondent. She spent five years travelling and reporting across the
continent. Her first book, GOGO MAMA told the stories of 12 African women. It
debuted on the national best seller list and was nominated for best-non fiction
book in the Walkley Awards.
In 2007, Sally was awarded the International Women’s Media Foundation’s
fellowship for human rights journalists. She spent nine months in the United
States, undertaking studies and reporting for the Boston Globe and The New York
In 2008, Sally broke the glass ceiling again and was the first woman
appointed as the ABC’s South Asia correspondent. She is currently based in the
Indian capital, New Delhi. Sally has won a UN Media Peace Prize, has been named
South Australian Young Journalist of the Year, Queensland Journalist of the Year
and is a four time finalist in the Walkley Awards.
When she’s not reporting, Sally enjoys running. She won a silver medal at the
Australian Masters Athletics Championships in 2007. Sally is from Port Broughton
on Yorke Peninsula. At the age of eight, she was the first girl to play for the
Port Broughton Football Club.
What is UNIFEM?
UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, is the women's fund at
the United Nations. Established in 1976, it provides financial and technical
assistance to innovative approaches aimed at fostering women's empowerment and
gender equality. Today the organisation's work touches the lives of women and
girls in more than 100 countries. UNIFEM also helps make the voices of women
heard at the United Nations - to highlight critical issues and advocate for the
implementation of existing commitments made to women. Placing the realisation of
women's human rights and security at the centre of all of its efforts, UNIFEM
focuses its activities on four strategic goals:
Reducing women's poverty and
Ending violence against women;
Reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and girls; and
Supporting women's leadership in governance and post conflict
Noeleen Heyzer, the former Executive Director of UNIFEM, stated that "Women
want a world free from hatred, violence and poverty, a world of equal
opportunities and rights, a world that is prosperous and secure for all." To
pursue these goals, UNIFEM is active in all regions and at different levels. It
works with countries to formulate and implement laws and policies to eliminate
gender discrimination and promote gender equality in such areas as land and
inheritance rights, decent work for women and ending violence against women.
UNIFEM also aims to transform institutions to make them more accountable to
gender equality and women's rights, to strengthen the capacity and voice of
women's rights advocates, and to change harmful and discriminatory practices in
UNIFEM Australia began in 1989 and since evolved to include the National
Committee based in Canberra, six chapters including Canberra, Adelaide,
Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney and International Women’s Day (IWD) events
across Australia. UNIFEM Australia is one of 17 National Committees including
the U.S., United Kingdom, Sweden and Canada. The National Committees support
UNIFEM through membership programmes, raising public awareness of gender and
development issues and supporting regional programmes through fundraising.
Around Australia, the celebration of International Women’s Day has now become
synonymous with UNIFEM breakfasts. The first Adelaide UNIFEM Breakfast was held
in 1992 and our breakfasts are now one of the biggest events for women in SA.
This year we are pleased to invite you to join with us and our very special
guest speaker, Sally Sara.
Each year, Adelaide breakfasts grow and 2009 was no exception with over 1900
people attending and $40,000 raised for donation to UNIFEM Australia. The funds
raised by the 2009 Adelaide UNIFEM Breakfast were directed towards the UNIFEM
Pacific Markets Project. It aims to improve conditions in rural marketplaces and
increase women's participation in the management of these markets. This year's
Adelaide UNIFEM Breakfast Committee will donate all proceeds to UNIFEM Australia
to focus on empowering women to end poverty by 2015.
Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide , SA, 5000
05 Mar 2010
6.30am for 7am sharp.
$40.00 - GST exempt.
A hot breakfast will be served. Parking is available at the Convention Centre - car parking access from North Terrace after 6am. To book a spot on a CPSU table please email Chloe or ring the SA office on 08 8150 8400.