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International meetings marking the end of the UN decade for women in 1985



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M m MINISTER FOR 79 EDUCATION news release 1039A

JOINT PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND THE MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS MARKING THE END OF THE UN DECADE FOR WOMEN IN 1985

The Australian Government intends to provide financial assistance for women to attend the Non-government Organisations Forum being held in connection with the World Conference in Nairobi in July 1985 which will mark the end of the United Nations Decade for Women. The funds for this assistance have already been provided in 1984/85 Office of the Status of Women budgetry allocation.

This was announced jointly today by Senator Susan Ryan, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Hayden.

The purpose of the NGO Forum*85, organised by the International Committee of NGO's is to bring together people of varied backgrounds internationally to exchange information, learn from each other's experiences and plan for action to improve the situation of women after 1985.

Senator Ryan said that the funds available should assist about twenty women with costs involved in attending the Forum.

Applicants who will be considered eligible for financial assistance will be those representatives of major women's organisations and special interest groups which have made a significant contribution to raising the status of women in Australia as well as individuals who can make a special contribution to the activities of the Forum. All eligible applicants and the organisations they represent are expected to

support the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

In selecting the women who are to attend the Forum, the need for the inclusion of women from non-english speaking backgrounds and Aboriginal women will be taken into account. It is expected that there will be at least one woman from each

State and Territory.

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Many women's organisations have requested that non-government women should be represented on the official Australian delegation to the inter-governmentalWorId Conference . The Conference will review and appraise the achievements of the UN

Decade for Women, identify obstacles and develop strategies for improving the situation of women and make recommendations for action to the UN General Assembly.

The Government has asked the National Women's Consultative Council, the body established to inform the Government of the views of member organisations on policy issues of relevance to women, to nominate one of its members to serve on the delegation as the non-govern ment representative. The Ministers are pleased to announce that Mrs Edith Hall, the Convenor of the National Women's Consultative Council has been nominated. Mrs Hall is a person with proven leadership qualities demonstrated through her executive positions with a number of non-government bodies at the State and National level.

Any women wishing to apply for financial assistance to attend the Forum should write to the Office of the Status of Women, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Edmund Barton Building, Canberra.

For further information: Patricia Kelly 062 731343

20 December 1984