Celebrating the Achievements of Women in Public Life – Visit by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO to Malaysia

The Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Mr Rod Smith PSM, together with senior staff, commemorated International Women’s Day 2016 by hosting a luncheon at the Australian High Commission on 9 March, 2016.

This year’s luncheon was themed “Women in Public Life” and it was attended by over 100 guests representing various sectors including government, politics, business, education, arts, civil society and media. International Women’s Day commemorates the economic, political and social achievements of women all over the world. The event at the Australian High Commission provided an opportunity to reaffirm Australia’s support for gender equality and women’s empowerment both domestically and internationally.

Former Governor-General of Australia, the Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, was the guest speaker at the luncheon. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society. She has more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership.

In his welcome remarks, Mr Smith highlighted Foreign Minister the Hon Julie Bishop’s recent launching of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy.

“The Strategy establishes gender equality and women’s empowerment as a main priority for Australia in foreign policy, economic diplomacy and development efforts. It outlines three priorities for engagement on ending violence against women and girls, women’s economic empowerment and women’s participation in leadership and peacebuilding,” he said.

Ms Pat PW Yeoh, President of The MAAC was honoured to be invited for this very inspiring luncheon.