Professional infrastructure and environmental services firm Cardno is proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014.
International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and is now celebrated all over the world. This well respected event is an official holiday in some countries and it is used to show appreciation and respect towards women and also to celebrate their economic, political and social achievements. Some people choose to celebrate by wearing purple ribbons. For more information, visit the International Women's Day 2014
This year’s theme set by the UN is ‘Inspiring Change’.
Cardno supports many client programs that integrate gender equality across their activities. Cardno also encourages women across our business to advance and grow their careers in a supportive environment – inspiring positive change globally. This year, a number of Cardno offices globally will be hosting events to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Please take a moment to read about a few important projects Cardno is involved with in empowering women to inspire change:
Funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), this program aims to improve political, economic and social opportunities for women in the Pacific region. Gender inequality remains a significant development challenge for many countries—including those in the Pacific. Nations are unable to reach their full potential when half of their citizens are excluded from important leadership and economic opportunities. For International Women’s Day 2014, the Pacific Gender Equality Hub will be releasing a series of vignettes and thematic segment pieces from the DVD series ‘Working Together to Improve Gender Equality in the Pacific’, to honour the many Pacific women who works tirelessly for the promotion of gender equality across the region.
PLP is a six-year AU$35.5 million Australian Aid program funded by DFAT. PLP recognises the pivotal role leadership plays at all levels in a nation's path to development, and aims to strengthen existing and emerging leaders and leadership practice.
Australia's engagement with Africa is underpinned by growing commercial relations; particularly in the resources sector, with about AU$50 billion in current and prospective investment and over 200 Australian companies involved in approximately 650 projects in 37 countries. The AAPF's goal is to develop enduring partnerships across the Africa continent, which promote effective working relationships between Australian and African governments and institutions.
Between 2008 to 2012, Cardno implemented the Value Girls Programme, a four-year US$4.7 million project co-funded by Nike Foundation and USAID through the Global Development Alliance.
Photo caption: Participants of the leadership programs in Samoa, September 2012. Photo by: Pacific Leadership Program / DFAT.