|FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Over the past few months, the Humanitarian Crisis Hub has been quite focused on women’s contribution to peacebuilding, human rights and development in conflict-affected countries, and it seems many other organisations are too.
The Australian Afghan Development Organisation hosted an inspiring roundtable which brought Afghan MPs and leaders to Australia to discuss women’s rights in Afghanistan. Then, in April, the Australian Government held a consultation with civil society on Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Women Peace and Security. During the workshops HCH held with South Sudanese organisations, from March to May, we also met with some inspiring women who are working on women’s rights in South Sudan. And finally, HCH’s Women Leading Change network has been established in Melbourne (see below). Plans are also afoot to start up a network in Sydney, as we know there are many active women in NSW.
We plan to keep up this momentum, because it’s very hard to imagine real peace without women’s involvement, so please do get in touch if you are doing any work on women’s rights in conflict.
Denise Cauchi (Director)