This event is an in-conversation webinar presented by the AIIA and United Nations Women Australia

Host: Dr Sarah Teitt, Deputy Director Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland
Panelists: Sandra Bernklau, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office; Tara Chetty, Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development; Janelle Weissman, UN Women Australia

 

AIIA Webinar: Intersecting crises and the impact for women in the Pacific

Thu 16 Jul 2020 6:00pm7:00pm

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This event is an in-conversation webinar presented by the AIIA and United Nations Women Australia

Host: Dr Sarah Teitt, Deputy Director Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland

Panelists: Sandra Bernklau, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office; Tara Chetty, Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development; Janelle Weissman, UN Women Australia

This event is online only. After registering, on July 16 you will receive a follow-up confirmation email containing further details on how to join the webinar which will commence at 6pm AEST (Brisbane. Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time). If you have not received an email by early afternoon, please check your junk folder. The event is free for AIIA members and non-members

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About the event

The socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, including the global economic downturn, restrictions to travel and movement, combined with the recent TC Harold all have a significant and ongoing impact for the people of the Pacific, and often a disproportionate impact for women and girls. In this seminar, Sandra Bernklau will discuss how UN Women has been working with key partners in the Pacific to support and respond to the particular needs of women and girls. This includes working with front line anti-violence services providers and crisis centres to ensure they can continue to operate under lockdowns, and also with market vendors and market management who are the cornerstone of food security and livelihoods in the Pacific. Many of the lessons learned can help with future responses to disasters, and with strategies for reaching remote communities.

 

About the panelists

 

Sandra Bernklau

 


 

Representative for UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office

Sandra was appointed as Representative for UN Women Fiji Multi Country Office on 1 March 2019. The office covers 14 Pacific Island countries and provides technical advice and support in advancing gender equality through four priority programmatic areas in the Pacific region. Prior to her appointment as Representative, Sandra was Officer-in-Charge under her role as Regional Technical Specialist. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of gender and human rights development work with UN agencies, intergovernmental bodies and NGOs including over 15 years of senior management experience in the Pacific. Sandra has worked in Lesotho, India and Nepal, with the majority of her working career in the Pacific. Sandra has a BA in International Development Studies and a Masters in International Development Education. 

 

Tara Chetty

 

 

Gender Adviser – Gender, Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, Support Unit

Tara Chetty works in gender and development, supporting the delivery of a regional gender equality program in the Pacific. She previously worked for feminist and human rights organisations in Fiji for over 10 years. In this work, Tara has had a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, including through international and regional advocacy, and supporting the leadership of young women and girls. Tara holds a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and is a Fulbright alumnus. In her current role with the Pacific Women Support Unit, she provides technical support to the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program, Australia’s 10-year initiative to support gender equality in 14 Pacific Island countries.

Janelle Weissman

Executive Director, UN Women Australia

 

 

For the past twenty-five years, Janelle has worked to strengthen social justice organisations tackling issues from women’s empowerment through to supporting people with HIV/AIDS in the USA, Australia and around the world. As a fundraiser, grantmaker and program manager, she has nurtured countless partnerships across the private, philanthropic and NGO sectors to accelerate change for good. Janelle has Chaired numerous Boards and committees to expand access to health services and to advance equality, including the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado Community Funding Panel, Children by Choice and is currently President of Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT (SHFPACT).

 

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AIIA Qld Members $0.00  
AIIA Members other states $0.00  
Non-members $0.00