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International Women's Day looks at women in the peace process.

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Julie Bishop Member for Curtin  

International Women's Day looks at Women in the Peace Process The increasing presence of women in the foreign policy arena will mean positive changes in the way policy is formulated and the types of outcomes we will see in regional and global peace processes, Member for Curtin Julie Bishop has said.

"Having recently met with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, I was reminded that while Australia played a significant role in the peace keeping process in East Timor, women had contributed to that process at many levels, including at the UN, in defence, aid, and in governments which were involved in the decision to place a peace keeping force in the region," Ms Bishop said.

Ms Bishop, who is also the Western Australian Representative on the Parliamentary Advisory Group of National Issues Affecting Women, has been invited to speak at a United Nations lecture series being held at the WA Art Gallery on Saturday 4 March at 11.00am.

"In the United Nations' International Year of the Culture of Peace, it is timely to recognise the contributions women have made, and are progressively making, in the area of foreign policy and diplomacy," Ms Bishop said.

"Topics such as war and peace, human rights and economic policy can benefit enormously from the experience and perspective of women who are increasingly fulfilling roles as ambassadors, diplomats, members of parliament, defence personnel, economists and academics.

"I will address the questions of whether women and men approach foreign policy in different ways, and whether our experiences as women in the workplace, in the family, the community and in government, make a real difference to the way we negotiate" Ms Bishop said.

29 February 2000

For further information: Lisa Lehman, Julie Bishop's office 93880288 or 0417 926 911