Australian Volunteers Are Committed To Women's Empowerment
On International Women's Day 2018, we profile several participants of the Australian Volunteers program currently on assignments in the field of women's rights and gender equality. In this story, we look at three Australian volunteers working across the Indo-Pacific region.
- Australian volunteer James Benjamin
Marketing and Business Development Mentor
Fundasaun Alola, Timor-Leste
James has just commenced his assignment, in which he will help the Fundasaun Alola develop a five-year business and marketing plan, improving their capacity to support women and vulnerable groups.
Fundasaun Alola works with individuals and community members to improve maternal and child health, create employment, strengthen community development and promote women's rights. Their motto is "strong women strong nation". James' assignment builds on the work of returned Australian volunteers, including Jude Finch.
- Australian volunteer Emily Lush
Communication and Fundraising Advisor
Centre for Women and Development, Vietnam
Based in Hanoi, the Centre for Women and Development (CWD) is committed to inclusive development in the country. Emily is responsible for strengthening CWD's financial sustainability and developing communication strategies and campaigns that increase local understanding of gender-based violence. In doing so, Emily's assignment also increases the safety of women and children in the region, building the capacity of other local gender rights agencies.
- Australian volunteer Lee Cowan
Finance Management Coach
Black Mamba, Swaziland
Black Mamba is a gourmet chilli product producer, whose main beneficiaries are women farmers from areas like Gilgal and Malkerns. The program empowers rural women who are trained in organic farming, permaculture and who supply the fresh ingredients for Black Mamba's sauces. Financial education and independence is central to gender equality, and as Black Mamba's Finance Management Coach, Lee is responsible for ensuring sustainable growth of the organisation.