Date: 
Tuesday 13 September 2011

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, congratulated the Australian Government today on its decision to appoint Penny Williams as Australia’s first Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.

“Though it is important that Australia commit itself to enhancing gender equality at home, it is just as important that we do so in our global interactions,” said Commissioner Broderick.

“The Global Ambassadorship will enable Australia to play a greater leadership role by assisting in the elimination of discrimination against women and girls through initiatives such as those that address education, health and poverty,” Commissioner Broderick said.

“I congratulate Penny Williams,” said Commissioner Broderick. “Her distinguished career in public service makes her an ideal choice as Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls.”

Commissioner Broderick welcomed the decision to prioritise issues such as violence against women and the representation of women in leadership roles.

“I look forward to working with Ambassador Williams to further the goal of gender equality and strengthen the links between Australia’s domestic and international work in these areas,” Commissioner Broderick said.

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