30 March 2015

 The importance of gender equality in social justice and the reduction of poverty will come under the spotlight at a special forum at the University of South Australia’s Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre tomorrow night (Tuesday March 31).

The forum will provide an opportunity to hear from two leading gender development specialists, Oxfam India’s Chief Executive Officer Nisha Agrawal and Oxfam Mexico’s Executive Director Consuelo Lopez-Zuriaga Hernandez-Gil.

Co-presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Oxfam Australia, the booked out forum will be delivered to a full-house at UniSA’s City West campus at 6pm.

Nisha AgrawalOxfam India’s Nisha Agrawal says there are gaps in equality between men and women all over the world.

“In every country in the world, there are gender gaps between men and women in the wages they earn in labor markets; in voice and representation in politics and company boards; in property rights, and many other indicators,” Agrawal says.

“In addition, levels of violence against women are high, with one out of three women globally experiencing violence.

“The status of women in India is worse than in many other parts of the world. Oxfam India works to promote women’s economic, social and political rights.”

Agrawal’s presentation will focus on the work of Oxfam India in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Consuelo Lopez-Zuriaga Hernandez-GilOxfam Mexico’s Consuelo Lopez-Zuriaga Hernandez-Gil will outline Oxfam Mexico’s work on gender inequality and “putting women’s rights at the heart of everything we do”.

For more information on the event, see the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre website.

A podcast will be available after the event.

Media contact: Kelly Stone office 8302 0963 mobile 0417 861 832 email Kelly.stone@unisa.edu.au

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