Event spotlight: Caritas Australia's Women for the World

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(Left to right): Alison Green, Nicole Murphy and Michelle Fernon, co-founders of Women for the World pictured with Sr Leonor Montiel, Director of ‘Seedlings of Hope’, a Caritas Australia supported program that supports children and adults affected by HIV/AIDS

Caritas Australia’s Women for the World returns this year for its fifth instalment, with events in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra being held in August and September. CCI Personal Insurance are proud to be sponsors of this year’s Sydney event. We spoke to Susan Duric, media officer at Caritas Australia, to learn more about this year’s Women for the World, and how it will support the empowerment of the world’s most marginalised women.

Can you tell us about this year’s Caritas Women for the World event?

Caritas Australia’s Women for the World events are luncheons that bring together women and (men) in support of the empowerment of the world’s most marginalised women.

The first Women for the World event was held in Sydney five years ago, the brainchild of three friends, Michelle Fernon, Alison Green and Nicole Murphy. These women continue to serve on the organising committee for the Sydney event. This year, Caritas will hold three Women for the World events: one in Canberra, the other two in Melbourne and Sydney. Tickets for Sydney and Melbourne, to be staged in August and September respectively, are now available for purchase online.

This year, guests in Melbourne and Sydney will hear from Marie Mondu. A Caritas staffer of some 10 years standing, she will share her experiences working in Papua New Guinea to assist the survivors of domestic violence. All proceeds from Women for the World go to Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Australia.

What are some of the Women for the World’s objectives?

Women for the World has multiple objectives. The first is awareness. Across the world, women and girls face systemic discrimination that prevents them from gaining an education, accessing healthcare and securing employment. Yet it is well known, that when you help a woman, her family and community also climb out of poverty.

The second, of course, is to raise much-needed funds. Caritas Australia works in 27 countries across the world in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, Latin America and with first Australians here at home. The generosity of our supporters ensures that we can continue our work improving the economic and social participation of women and girls.

What’s different about this year’s Women for the World events?

There are a couple of differences between this year’s luncheon and the ones that we held in the past. One of the major differences is that we are encouraging more men to attend the Sydney luncheon. Previously, the event was predominantly women.

This year the event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel near Circular Quay. All guests will be treated to a beautiful lunch, they will hear from an amazing speaker, all whilst contributing to the empowerment of women across the world.

Can you tell us a little about your guest presenter?

Marie Mondu is our guest speaker. Marie is Caritas Australia’s Program Quality and Support Coordinator in Papua New Guinea. A married mother of two, she’s worked for Caritas for over 10 years. A fierce advocate for the empowerment of women, during the events Marie will share her experience of assisting the survivors of domestic violence and helping young people gain opportunities through education.

How can people get involved and how do funds help women in Australia and around the world?

People interested in attending the luncheon can purchase tickets online. This year, there is also the opportunity to hold your own Women for the World event at home or at work. This can take the form of a morning tea, lunch or a movie night. More information on holding your own Women for the World event is available online or by calling 1800 024 113.

Caritas Australia goes wherever the challenges are greatest, empowering women and communities to eradicate poverty in all its forms. The funds raised through Women for the World will be used by Caritas to continue its life-altering work.

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