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Female career diplomats



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VIEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

ALEXANDER D O W N E R

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FA10 2 February 1998

FEMALE CAREER DIPLOMATS

The announcement today of the appointment of Ms Victoria Owen as Australia’s Ambassador to Egypt brings the number of female Heads of Mission or Heads of Post at Australian missions to 11 - a record number.

Since coming to office in March, 1996, the Government has appointed eight female Heads of Mission or Heads of Post. These appointments reflect the Government’s determination to give women equal opportunities to advance their careers and have the senior echelons of our

diplomatic service reflect Australia’s contemporary diversity.

I expect to announce the appointment of several other women later this year to head more Australian missions or posts.

Women have made a significant contribution to Australia’s foreign service both at home and overseas. The Government is committed to increasing further the role women play in the development and implementation of Australia’s foreign and trade policies.

The women currently heading or appointed to head Australian missions or posts are:

* Ms Zena Armstrong in Guangzhou since July, 1996

* Ms Sue Boyd in Hanoi since October, 1994

* Ms Karina Campbell in Vientiane since October, 1997

* Ms Lisa Filipetto in Ho Chi Minh City since June 1997

* Ms Marline Letts in Buenos Aires starting this month

* Ms Lyndall McLean in Rangoon since April, 1997

* Ms Victoria Owen in Cairo starting in March

* Ms Judith Pead in Stockholm from January, 1996

* Ms Sue Tanner in Santiago de Chile since June, 1997

* Ms Penny Wensley at the UN New York since September, 1997

* Ms Merry Wickes in Amman since December, 1995.

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