Civil society delegates for CSW61 announced

Release Date: 
7 February 2017
Media release

The Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash today announced the non-government delegates to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).

Ms Jahna Cedar, Ms Elizabeth Shaw and Ms Leann Wilson will represent Australia at CSW61, the world’s highest forum on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

"I am delighted to announce the 2017 non-government CSW delegates, who were selected based on their leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to their communities and the advancement of women," Minister Cash said.

The CSW meets annually in New York to promote women’s rights and actively shape global standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment. This year, CSW61 will be guided by the theme of women’s economic empowerment, with a focus on the empowerment of Indigenous women.

"Boosting women’s economic participation is essential for our society to prosper in the 21st century," Minister Cash said.

"With the employment rate for Indigenous women 25.5 percentage points below the rate for non-Indigenous women it is crucial that the discussion includes economic empowerment through employment for Indigenous women."

"I’m confident that Australia’s non-government delegates will contribute productively to these important discussions."

Non-government delegates play an invaluable role in ensuring a broad range of views are represented at CSW. The delegates will provide expert advice to the Australian Government and liaise with domestic and international civil society organisations.

CSW61 will be held in New York from 13-24 March 2017. For more information, visit the UN Women website.

Non-government delegates to the CSW61

Ms Jahna Cedar

Ms Cedar is the Executive Officer at Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and has worked and advocated for gender equality and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation for over 18 years. Ms Cedar’s achievements are marked by her induction into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

Ms. Elizabeth Shaw

Ms Shaw is the President of UN Women Australia, the youngest woman to hold the position. Ms Shaw has written extensively on gender issues and presented on diversity and inclusion options around Australia and at the UN. In 2016, she was listed as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ by AFR and Westpac.

Ms Leann Wilson

Ms Wilson is the Executive Director of Business Development and Innovation for Regional Economic Solutions. Ms. Wilson has worked extensively to progress the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia, with a focus on women’s leadership and empowerment.