United Nations activities and collaborations

Rhonda Sharp at UN expert meeting, OsloProfessor Rhonda Sharp was an invited member of the panel 'Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women' at the UN Commission on the Status of Women 51st Session held in New York, 26 February – 9 March 2007. Panellists raised issues to be considered in preparation of the commission's 2008 priority theme. Professor Sharp's presentation, 'Gender-responsive budget initiatives', discussed the importance of gender-responsive budgets in financing gender equality and women's empowerment.

In September 2007, Professor Sharp was invited as one of 12 experts at the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Financing for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in Oslo (Norway). Her paper, 'Gender-responsive budgets have a place in financing gender equality and women's empowerment' tracked the Australian experience. The UN Expert Group report, Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women, was published in January 2008 to assist in the UN Commission on the Status of Women deliberations on the topic.

Professor Sharp has participated in several related activities in Australia. She gave presentations at the meetings of the Security for Women Secretariat of the Federal Office for Women in October 2007 and April 2008 on the implications on financing gender equality and women's empowerment for Australian government policies. In July 2008 she was an invited participant at the 'Roundtable on Rethinking Development Assistance', sponsored by the Centre for Public Policy at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Council for International Development.

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