Harris_Rimmer_SusanSusan Harris Rimmer, IGLP Workshop Alum and Director of Studies, Asia Pacific College of Dipolmacy, was nominated as an expert delegate on the Australian official delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 9-23, UN HQ New York.

Michaelia Cash*, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, made the announcement on February 20th, 2014.  “I am pleased to announce that Dr Susan Harris Rimmer … [has] been invited to take part in this year’s CSW as [a] non-government delegate and will join me in New York.

“Following the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development agenda will be a key focus for CSW and is an opportunity to ensure gender equality is strongly reflected in its design.” Minister Cash said promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls must be a priority in the post-2015 agenda. “While the world has achieved parity in primary education between boys and girls, women continue to face discrimination in areas such as employment,” Minister Cash said.

“Furthermore, the safety of women and girls is a key priority of the Coalition Government and I will also be working to promote the elimination of harmful practices such as Female Genital Mutilation as well as underage and forced marriages.  Australia will continue to place emphasis on our existing commitment to addressing the development needs of countries in the Indo–Pacific region.”

*All Quotes are from the online press release at the Gender Institute, Australian National University.