Australian envoy on women and girls stresses building back better

- Sharman Stone, Kathmandu

Apr 6, 2017-Sharman Stone, Australia’s ambassador for women and girls, has laid stress on building back better and safer for women and girls.

Stone was on a four-day visit to Nepal from April 2-5.

During her meeting with National Reconstruction Authority Chief Executive Officer Govinda Raj Pokharel, Ambassador Stone said, “Women and girls are often the most vulnerable during and following any natural disaster. Australia, in particular, is pleased to have supported the reconstruction of some 12 schools. And we have had so many other key partnerships with Nepali institutions.”

During her stay, Stone called on President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat and Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare Kumar Khadka.

She held discussions on issues including women’s leadership, economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, reproductive rights, and women in media, according to a press release issued by the Embassy of Australia in Kathmandu.

She also held meetings with representatives from National Forum for Parliamentarians on Population and Development, Family Planning Association Nepal, Sancharika Samuha Nepal and Marie Stopes International.

Ambassador Stone on Monday launched the Nepal Chapter of Australia Awards Women in Leadership Network, which aims to enable Australian alumni to build a network and create links among women leaders in Nepal, who have had the support to study in Australia.

Published: 06-04-2017 08:15

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