Oz envoy for women and girls visits India
The Australian ambassador for women and girls Natasha Stott Despoja is on an India visit, to promote the cause of Australia\'s international engagement with gender equality and their support to the empowerment of women.
New Delhi: The Australian ambassador for women and girls Natasha Stott Despoja is on an India visit, to promote the cause of Australia's international engagement with gender equality and their support to the empowerment of women.
"Despite progress over the past few decades girls around the world face several challenges as they seek to have their voices heard and to secure an equal place in the society. This is why Australia is working actively in our region and beyond to help young women access education, vocational training and mentoring," said Stott Despoja.
The support is part of the Australian High Commission's Direct Aid Program (DAP).
"I am here to support projects like that of Asha foundation particularly with the emphasis on investing in women and girls education, higher education, financial literacy and of course business readiness and training," she said.
Shedding light on the fact that the Australian Government is very keen to uplift women in the South Asian Region she said around 50 to 60 per cent of over 5 billion dollars in the 2014-2015 foreign aid budget of Australia would be going to support women and girl child development programs.
The Australian foreign aid, administered by the foreign ministry led by Julie Bishop, focuses on economic and political empowerment of girls and women and on elimination of violence against women and girls.
Despoja, also heads the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and Their Children in Australia.