Partner spotlight: Australia
The Government of Australia has been a longstanding champion of gender equality working at domestic and international levels for the rights of women and girls. As UN Women’s largest funding partner in the Pacific, Australia supports a range of initiatives to enhance women’s economic empowerment, strengthen women’s leadership, and address high rates of violence against women in the region. As a strong advocate of the importance of gender statistics for evidence-based policy development, in 2016, Australia became the first contributor to fund UN Women’s gender statistics flagship programme, Making Every Woman and Girl Count.
Australia has always been a strong financial ally of UN Women and has engaged in multi-year commitments to the organization’s regular resources. From 2011 to 2019, Australia has provided USD 64.8 million to UN Women’s regular resources contributing to women’s economic governance, among other areas. In 2019, Australia was UN Women’s ninth largest other resources and regular resources contributor with USD 8.8 million and USD 5.5 million respectively.
The priorities of Australia’s Foreign Aid Policy and UN Women’s mandate are closely aligned with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, leadership and participation, and peace and security. With the support of the Government of Australia, UN Women has been implementing the Markets for Change programme which is ensuring that marketplaces in rural and urban areas of Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive, and promote women’s participation in decision-making and leadership in Market Vendors Association Executive Committees.