Senate debates

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Women in Afghanistan

12:12 pm

Photo of Penny WrightPenny Wright (SA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I seek leave to amend motion 823 standing in my name.

Leave granted.

I move the amended motion:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

(i) the costs of political unrest fall disproportionately on the rights and wellbeing of women, and

(ii) the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA)—Australia was established in 2004, and that SAWA—Australia (South Australia) was set up in 2010 as its first state branch;

(b) acknowledges the valuable work of these organisations, dedicated to raising funds and awareness for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan’s women and children; and

(c) acknowledges and welcomes the ongoing work of Professor Matthias Tomczak in his role as convenor of SAWA—Australia (South Australia) and as a leader in promoting the rights and wellbeing of women in Afghanistan.

Question put and passed.