25 November 2019
Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, will today begin her visit to Indonesia, travelling to Surabaya and East Java before spending time in Jakarta.
Dr Stone will meet a range of senior government officials in Surabaya, as well as women entrepreneurs supported under the Australia-Indonesia development cooperation partnership.
The Ambassador will also meet with Australia Awards alumni – those people from East Java who studied at Australian universities - and visit a school and attend a road traffic and transport forum.
Discussions in East Java will focus on joint efforts to promote gender equality and social inclusion to improve education and infrastructure outcomes.
In Jakarta, Dr Stone will speak to prominent women in business and civil society advocates from across the country.
She will speak on women’s leadership at the peak National Conference on Gender Equality and Empowering Indonesian Women, hosted by Bappenas and supported by the Australian Government, as well as at the Australia-Indonesia Dialogue on Women’s Leadership in the Public Service
“I am excited to return to Indonesia and look forward to meeting with current and emerging women leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and civil society activists who are working to advance gender equality in Indonesia,” Dr Stone said.
“Australia is proud to work together with Indonesia to achieve better outcomes for women and girls, which creates better economic growth and living standards for all.”
Dr Stone’s visit also coincides with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls advocates internationally for women's equal participation in political, economic and social affairs. Dr Stone last visited Indonesia in October 2017.
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