Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, friends
Welcome to the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu’s fifth International Women’s Day Lunch, and my second as Consul-General.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Press for Progress.
Since the first ever International Women’s Day was held in 1911, global activism for women’s empowerment has made significant gains.
This movement has been a pathfinder for other great social movements, such as the quest for Indigenous rights, LGBTI rights, and ethnic minority rights.
But, as this year’s theme reminds us, there is still much to be done. Achieving true gender parity will require the collective efforts of governments, companies and communities everywhere.
In Australia, our Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, has made the empowerment of women a key priority of our foreign policy.
Australia and China have also worked together on this goal, including as supporters of UN Women, an international organisation dedicated to accelerating women’s equality and empowerment.
In southwest China, the Australian Consulate-General is fortunate to have close partnerships with some truly inspirational women, many of whom are here with us today.
Today, we are incredibly fortunate to have as our guest speaker a very accomplished Australian who has also been a strong champion of women in leadership.
She also exemplifies the tremendous success of Australia’s multicultural society.
From a migrant Italian family in Melbourne, who spoke no English until she started school, Professor Amalia Di Iorio is now Professor of Finance and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Partnerships) at La Trobe University.
她来自墨尔本的一个意大利移民家庭，上学之前一句英语也不会说，但一路走来，Amalia Di lorio教授现在成为了拉筹伯大学的学术合作助理副校长，金融学教授。
In addition to her leadership role at the university, Professor Di Iorio is recognised internationally for her research into exchange rate risk and asset pricing.
She is an outstanding teacher, and has received a number of national teaching awards. She is also the Chair of the Board of the International Specialised Skills Institute, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling Australians to undertake study into world’s best practice in their area of artisan skill.
Professor Di Iorio has also been an articulate and passionate advocate for more females taking leadership roles in business and the community sector.
I now have the great pleasure of welcoming Professor Di Iorio to share with us her views and experience on this important topic.
Please welcome Professor Di Iorio.