Student smiling next to text International Women's Day

It’s true: we are definitely #morepowerfultogether. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we collected stories from the programs we deliver across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. They are tales of independence, innovation and challenging the norm.

We’re sharing glimpses into the lives of our program participants with stories of female empowerment. From a surfing club in eastern Sri Lanka to professional training in a male-dominated industry in the Philippines, it’s a pleasure to highlight the successes of these inspiring women.

Meet women who inspire us

Joyal finding her wings

Joyal speaking about her experience in gaining employment

Joyal found her wings through a JobStart traineeship, assembling parts for airplanes.

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Surf’s up in eastern Sri Lanka

Female Sri Lankan surfers standing in a row in front of their surfboards doing the shaka hand sign.

Sri Lanka Skills for Inclusive Growth has launched a coaching certification – for female surfers.

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Scholar’s global commitment

New Colombo Plan recipient Grace Corcoran standing and speaking at podium

A New Colombo Plan scholar shares her experiences in Micronesia and the Maldives, where her focus was promoting female and youth participation in politics.

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Climate change planning and disaster relief in Tuvalu

Five PACTAM2 members standing together in front of large plant and smiling.

Adviser Kate Morioka was involved in setting up island disaster committees and helping them get back on their feet after Cyclone Pam.

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Commitment to regional education in Pakistan

Blue bus that says "Science & Technology" in red on the side

Australia Awards alumna Unaeza Alvi is making science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics education accessible.

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