Gil­lard’s ef­forts praised

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

US SEC­RE­TARY of State Hil­lary Clin­ton has paid tribute to Prime Min­is­ter Ju­lia Gil­lard at a gala func­tion to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

Ms Gil­lard was among 700 guests at the func­tion in Wash­ing­ton DC to award ‘‘ women of courage’’.

The func­tion fol­lowed a half hour meet­ing be­tween the Prime Min­is­ter and Ms Clin­ton at the State Depart­ment in which they can­vassed de­fence and se­cu­rity is­sues.

Al­though not one of the in­ter­na­tional women of courage award re­cip­i­ents, Aus­tralia’s first fe­male prime min­is­ter was praised for her work.

‘‘ The Prime Min­is­ter is a won­der­ful part­ner in our global ef­forts to ad­vance the im­por­tant is­sues that Aus­tralia and the United States share in com­mon and in par­tic­u­lar, she is fo­cused on im­prov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for women,’’ Ms Clin­ton said.

Ms Gil­lard, who was wear­ing a scarf given to her by Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Quentin Bryce, said the great­est right that could be given to women was the right have an edu- cation.She said some coun­tries still de­nied girls the op­por­tu­nity to learn to read.

‘‘ It takes moral courage to learn to read – it’s an ad­ven­ture for ev­ery child, it’s an ad­ven­ture that never ends,’’ she said.

‘ ‘ There are women and girls around our world who need phys­i­cal courage in or­der to get an ed­u­ca­tion . . . and I be­lieve a great sym­bol of hope for our world is there are women who are now able to read where that ba­sic need was de­nied to them.’’

Aus­tralian aid fund­ing is pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion in Afghanistan’s Oruz­gan prov­ince where the fe­male lit­er­acy rate had been as low as 1 per cent. The pres­i­dent’s wife Michelle Obama, who was a spe­cial guest at the event, said she looked for­ward to vis­it­ing Aus­tralia one day.

‘‘ Madame Prime Min­is­ter, thank you for hang­ing out with my hus­band to­day,’’ she said. The Prime Min­is­ter’s fi­nal func­tion for the day will be a meet­ing with John McCain ex-pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and cur­rent mem­ber of the Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

TRIBUTE: Ju­lia Gil­lard meets Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton

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