Australia, US Unveil Joint Women-Focused Aid Schemes

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd hold a joint press briefing in Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 7, 2010. The U.S. and Australia are partnering in efforts to address violence against women, combat AIDS, and boost child and maternal health in the Pacific.

The U.S. and Australia are stepping up joint efforts to address violence against women, combat AIDS, and boost child and maternal health, mainly in the Pacific.

The two donor countries will team up to help Papua New Guinea address violence against women and HIV/AIDS. Australia will give USD3 million over three years to this initiative, while the U.S. will contribute USD5 million.

Australia will also provide 14.5 million Australian dollars (USD14.6 million) to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, or U.N. Women, and another 5 million Australian dollars for a U.S. Agency for International Development-led health improvement project in East Timor.

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  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.