CEO to speak at UN forum

McAuley Community Services for Women CEO Jocelyn Bignold will speak at the two-day National Forum on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Girls in Melbourne in September.     

Ms Bignold has been asked to speak on a panel looking at the economic empowerment of women in contexts of family violence. The forum is hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA).

“In Australia, the recommendations of multiple commissions of inquiry into child protection and family violence provide a strong impetus for a multi-sectoral conversation about achieving women’s economic empowerment as part of a larger gender equality strategy. The UNAA National Forum is timed to ensure that our multi-sectoral discussions can contribute to an actionable gender equality strategy for all Australians,” according to forum organisers.

“Furthermore, the theme for our forum aligns with the focus for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York in March 2017.”

Panels and presentations include:

1. Women’s economic empowerment in contexts of family violence

2. Ending workplace discrimination and closing the pay gap

3. Economic insecurity: strategies to address the impacts on children

4. The economic empowerment of Indigenous women and girls

5. Superannuation and the economic empowerment of older women

6. The economic empowerment of culturally and linguistically diverse women and girls.

Ms Bignold will also be speaking at the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand's Power to Persuade Symposium in Melbourne on August 16. She will be a key speaker on the forum, ‘Putting Women at the Centre of Policy’.