UNIFEM Informs seminar

The security of women; building a safer future

Wednesday 21 November 2007

Jointly-presented by UNIFEM Australia and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA

Unedited audio transcript (23Mb mp3 format)

Presentation by Professor Porter (pdf format)

War and violence against women go hand in hand. Consider Sarajevo, Darfur and East Timor and other regions of conflict and tension. What can be done to improve security for women and their families? How effective are international institutions in reflecting the needs of women, and what roles could women play in security frameworks and peacebuilding processes?

The seminar will be followed by the launch of UNIFEM Australia's Powerful Women photographic exhibition by Ros Strong, President, UNIFEM Australia in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery - Level 3, Hawke Building. 

This November Seminar marks IDEVAW – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


Professor Elisabeth Porter, Head of the School of International Studies, UniSA, and author of a brand new title: "Peacebuilding. Women in International perspective" (Routledge, London & New York, 2007)

Mr Keith Wilson, Director, Grip Consultants Pty Ltd and former Political Affairs Officer, Government Relations and Political Affairs, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons The Hague

UNIFEM Australia

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is a non-profit organisation working to help improve the living standards of women and children in developing countries and to address their concerns. It is a global organisation with programs which promote women's leadership, with the goal to give women an equal voice in the decisions that shape their future and that of their children. The aim of the UNIFEM Informs seminars is to promote the role and work undertaken by UNIFEM to the general public.

UNIFEM Informs is a UNIFEM Australia initiative. Additional information on UNIFEM Australia may be found at http://www.unifem.org.au.

Additional web sites which may be of interest: Respect for Women seminar

White Ribbon Day (IDEVAW)

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is held each year on 25 November. If you would like to order White Ribbons, please contact Astrid at admin@unifem.org.au or admin@whiteribbonday.org.au.

While the views presented by speakers within the Hawke Centre public program are their own and are not necessarily those of either the University of South Australia or The Hawke Centre, they are presented in the interest of open debate and discussion in the community and reflect our themes of: strengthening our democracy – valuing our cultural diversity – and building our future.