Rwandan reprepresentative one GLAPD
Dr Nadine Shema Rwandan representative on GLAPD

United Nations International Women’s Day 2013 was featured as as Seminar by the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW) and co sponsored by the Humanist Society of NSW, held on Friday 8th March at 2.30 in the Jubilee Room Parliament House, with the Keynote Speaker being Dr. Nadine Shema from Rwanda. This event was attended by 50 people and was claimed to be a success. Nadine presented her factual evidence on the empowerment of women in Rwanda – with statistical slides. Such an inspirational guide was this to all women showing what amazing situation improvement can be accomplished by women. Nadine was dressed exquisitely in traditional silk material. Some of her colleagues brought dresses to sell in order to raise funds for their cause. Following the Seminar we had a delicious afternoon tea.

Other speakers were the 2013 UNAA(NSW) President Valerie Weekes and Committee Member Diane Sackelarious, UNWA (United Nations Women’s Association) past President Sue Conde. As I was the Humanist Society of NSW delegate on the UNAA (NSW) Executive Committee and Convenor of the IWD Seminar, I was the MC. The Seminar was hosted by The Hon. Mike Baird MP.

Members of both UNAA(NSW), HumSocNSW and those involved in the Seminar were all invaluable with their assistance and contributions.So it was such a fulfilling experience for me as the Convenor as I am sure it was for everyone else.

Such a treat for me too because March 8 is also my birthday.

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