Payne to co-chair ideas exchange event for women leaders of Southeast Asia

By Melissa Coade

March 10, 2022

Marise Payne
Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Australia and Indonesia’s foreign ministers will co-chair the inaugural Southeast Asia Dialogue Of Women Leaders 2022 next Friday.

On 18 March a virtual event is planned to bring together women who are regional leaders in politics, business, and civil society.

In a joint statement, Marise Payne said she would join her Indonesian peer, foreign minister Mrs Retno L.P. Marsudi, in leading the inaugural dialogue event. 

The ministers both acknowledged the disproportionate impacts on women and girls that the COVID-19 pandemic had – across health, social, humanitarian, and economic sectors. 

“As neighbours, friends, and Comprehensive Strategic Partners, Indonesia and Australia will continue to support each other through the crisis and as we work towards recovery,” the statement read.

“Both Ministers are committed to protecting the rights of women and children and ensuring they have full access to social and economic opportunities across the region.”

The dialogue aims to promote the participation of women and girls in decision-making and contributing to developing solutions to problems that affect their lives. Dialogue participants will discuss shared challenges, policy approaches, and opportunities for gender equality cooperation. 

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on women’s and children’s lives will also be a focus of the talk.


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