Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia, 23 February 2017 | Tennis Australia

Tennis Australia and the UN Women National Committee (NC) Australia are delighted to announce a new partnership in a joint effort to promote gender equality.

Welcoming the new partnership, Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said: “As a sport we have much to be proud of in the area of gender equality. We award equal prize money regardless of sex.

“However, there is still more that we can do and as an organisation we are committed to using our position as the host of a global sporting and entertainment event, the Australian Open, to celebrate and promote the cause of gender equality on an international level.”

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, leaders from every facet of society will gather to celebrate International Women’s Day at a breakfast co-hosted by Tennis Australia and UN Women NC Australia.

We are delighted to announce ticket and table sales for the breakfast have now been extended until 11:59pm Friday 24 February.

Tiley will deliver a welcome address, Australia’s newly appointed Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone will present and Kate Jenkins, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner will join a panel of extraordinary international speakers from UN Women in Pakistan and Fiji.

UN Women National Committee Australia Executive Director, Janelle Weissman, said: “We are pleased to partner with Tennis Australia for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration in Melbourne.

“We consciously collaborate with companies, government departments, universities and sporting organisations who demonstrate a commitment to accelerating gender equality in their workforce and everyday practices.

“We are proud to partner with Tennis Australia who is taking a lead role convening conversations for sporting organisations and the private sector to advance opportunities for women and girls.” 

UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their rights worldwide. 

UN Women National Committee Australia is the fundraising and advocacy arm of the United Nations agency for gender equality, here in Australia.

For more information on the International Women’s Day Breakfast please visit