Young group fights for women’s rights

Volunteers and members of the Perth Chapter of the Young UN Women.
Volunteers and members of the Perth Chapter of the Young UN Women.

Chairman Anna Johnson got a first-hand view of how the organisation worked when she visited the New York headquarters earlier this year.

‘Myself and two other women went to the UN for two weeks and participated in the commission proceedings,’ she said.

‘There were over six thousand people from all over the world, from governments and NGOs, coming together to evaluate the progress for gender equality.

‘Australia was a very progressive voice in that, but there were other countries like Iran and the Holy See, which are very conservative countries, and they were pushing really hard to wind the clock right back.

‘There were things that we just take for granted as not being an issue ” such as violence against women ” which were not so simple.’

Back in Perth, the group is focusing on its current campaign, ‘Women on the Frontline’, holding an upcoming afternoon tea featuring speakers such as Australian Federal Police Agent Karen Stevens, who was deployed to Timor-Leste in 2011.

The event will be held from 2pm on May 19 at Esplanade River Suites in Como.

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