Australian High Commission
Republic of Nauru

Women in leadership


“Walk and Ride” International Women’s Day Event



Left: Australian High Commissioner John Donnelly awards a prize to Hon Gabrissa Hartman MP for best decorated motorbike. Above: Participants of the 'Walk and Ride' International Women's  Day event drive around the airstrip in a show of support and solidarity.


On 8 March 2017, International Women's Day (IWD) was marked with a public holiday in Nauru. A series of events were held on the day including a commemorative church service, prizegiving for a school essay writing competition and a commemorative "Walk and Ride" event hosted by the Australian High Commission. The 2017 theme was "Be Bold for Change" which carried through all events. The AFL Nauru association held an afternoon women's exhibition match, followed by an all-girls Auskick program which was well attended. Australian service provider Broadspectrum also organised three screenings of a collection of short films for residents. 

The Australian High Commission sponsored "Walk and Ride" event was held for the second year in Nauru. The family-friendly event encouraged women and girls to promote gender equality through group exercise, a social ride and road safety messages. Prizes included motorcycle helmets. The event was supported by acting President David Adeang who participated in the ride with his daughters. The event was well received by community members who participated.


‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ Fun Walk


Participants walk in support of eliminating violence against women at the 'Walk a Mile in her Shoes' event.


On Saturday 5 November 2016, the Australian High Commission led a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fun walk in support of eliminating violence against women.

Escorted by the Nauru Police Force, the High Commissioner and the Minister for Education, the Hon Charmaine Scotty MP, led participants from Wilson’s Village in Anibare to the Anibare Boat Harbour. A large number of supporters of eliminating violence against women participated in the event. This included representatives from the Government of Nauru, the Australian Government and a wide selection of the Nauruan community.

It was promising – and important – to see so many people, especially men, walk in support of raising public awareness about the eliminating violence against women.

In his remarks before commencing the walk, the High Commissioner encouraged participants to work with their female colleagues as champions for gender equality and to support female leaders in their workplace and community.


Women's Networking Afternoon Tea


Senior Administrative Officer, Philippa Armstrong, talks about the importance of gender equality.


The Senior Administrative Officer, Philippa Armstrong, hosted, on behalf of the Australian High Commission, a women’s networking afternoon on Thursday 3 November 2016.

The event was held to celebrate the important contribution women make in Nauru, and to enable female leaders to expand their networks and to discuss the important role gender equality plays in enhancing economic growth, development and sustainability.

Participants included Madam Louisa Waqa, wife of His Excellency, President Waqa, representatives from the Government of Nauru and the Government of Australia and prominent members of the Nauruan community.


International Women's Day 2016

On 1 March 2016 an International Women’s Day Pledge for Parity event to motorbike and walk around the airstrip was organised by the Women’s Affairs Department with support from the Australian High Commission (AHC).

A large number of supporters from the public, the Nauru Government, and Australian Government agencies participated in the event which was aimed at raising awareness for gender equality and women’s rights.

Also participating was the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency John Donnelly and the Nauru Minister for Education the Hon Charmaine Scotty MP, who also gave a speech at the start of the event to highlight the importance of the work that was being done to raise awareness for gender equality and to thank those who had arrived to participate and the organisers who had worked to make the event possible.

Women in Leadership Morning Tea

On 18 September, the High Commission hosted a morning tea to celebrate the contribution of women to Nauruan society. Attendees included women who hold influential positions in government, public service, business and community sectors. Front Centre L-R: Secretary for Home Affairs Mary Tebouwa, First Lady and Deputy Principal at Nauru College Madam Louisa Waqa, President of Nauru People’s Disability Organisation and Nauru’s first female MP Ruby Thoma, Assistant Secretary Pacific Bilateral Branch Jenny Da Rin.

White Ribbon Day 2014

Australian High Commission Development Specialist Peter Adams (in red) and PACTAM adviser Marja Elizabeth (on Peter\'s right) join members of the Nauruan Government, Nauru Police Force and the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection in a march against violence against women. The march raised awareness as part of the White Ribbon Day campaign.


From left to right: PACTAM adviser for Health Education, Min Lee, PACTAM adviser for Gender Based Violence, Marja Elizabeth and Australian High Commission Development Specialist, Peter Adams marched in support of the White Ribbon Day's campaign against viloence against women.