Reception welcomes Australia’s Ambassador for Women

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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Dr. Sharman Stone.

Dr. Sharman Stone. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The Australian High Commission hosted a reception to welcome Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr. Sharman Stone.

The reception was held at the residence of the Australian High Commissioner at Tiapapata on Wednesday night. 

Dr. Stone is in Samoa for the launch of the Women in Leadership in Samoa project held at the Taumeasina Island Resort.  

Dr. Stone has been a longstanding and active advocate on gender equality issues in Australia and internationally.  

She is a former Australian politician from March 1996 to 2016, representing the Division of Murray, Victoria.   

As a long serving member and recently Chair of the Australian Parliamentarians for Population Development Group (A.P.P.D.G.), Dr. Stone was elected the Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific Population Development Group with special responsibilities for promoting the rights of women and girls in the region.  

Papali’i Suisala Mele Maualaivao and Dr. Sharman Stone.
Papali’i Suisala Mele Maualaivao and Dr. Sharman Stone.
The Australian High Commission staff with some of the guests at the reception.
The Australian High Commission staff with some of the guests at the reception.
Peter Timson and Chris Munn.
Peter Timson and Chris Munn.
Fiona Moore,  Ronicera Fuimaono, Potoae Aiafi and David Lowe.
Fiona Moore, Ronicera Fuimaono, Potoae Aiafi and David Lowe.

 In this role and as the Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade, Aid Sub Committee, Dr. Stone has championed the cause of eliminating child marriages, human trafficking, poverty and disease in our region.   

She delivered Australia’s Statement on the Status of Women in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, where she also worked on the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals and has advocated for overcoming disadvantage in numerous international fora, always addressing the role and partnering of Australia in supporting region’s special needs.

Dr. Stone has participated in regional dialogues for Pacific women political leaders and policy makers in the Pacific (Tonga, 2014), the Australian-funded Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Fora, and the Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference on Progressing Sexual and reproductive health and rights into Beijing + 20. 

Dr. Stone has been Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration and Minister for Workforce Participation.   

She has also served as Shadow Minister for Environment, Heritage, the Arts and Indigenous Affairs and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.  

In 2011, she gained bipartisan parliamentary support for the establishment of a national strategy to help eliminate Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

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