Governor-General hosts Australian Arab Women’s Leaders’ Dialogue delegates

The Governor-General hosted delegates of the inaugural Australian Arab Women’s Leaders’ Dialogue at Government House,


Talking the world to a better place

Between 17 and 27 March, 2013 Australia played host to the inaugural Australian Arab Women Leaders’ Dialogue.

The Dialogue brought to Australia eight outstanding women leaders from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, the UAE and Saudi Arabia who exchanged views on a wide range of subjects with many hundreds of interested Australians. The Dialogue was developed as an initiative by a small group of interested Australian women. Our very special thanks to the major sponsors listed at the bottom of this page and to the many supporters who contributed significantly to this success, as well as to the hundreds of people who attended the wide range of events which formed the Dialogue.

The women delegates were all from quite diverse backgrounds and all are making significant contributions to their emerging democracies. Each of the delegates occupies a position of leadership in areas such as business, the media, medicine, politics, film making, human rights and non-government organisations.

Together with Australian women and men from all walks of life we explored issues relating to women’s participation in contemporary developments, both in the Arab world and in Australia, through a series of meetings and forums in Canberra (18-20 March), Sydney (21-23 March) and Melbourne (24-26 March).

The Dialogue has been assessed as a great success and a more detailed evaluation is underway in preparation of a final report to the major sponsors and to interested participants. It is hoped that the Dialogue will be repeated in the future and suggestions are welcome including offers and ideas for support.