Hunter United Nations chapter fund-raises for equity

UNITED Nations Women Australia's Hunter chapter was established to highlight the difference that still exists between men and women in the world today.

In 2011, Novocastrian, Belinda Smith, co-founded the local chapter that has since grown to 300 members.

Her focus was local, especially what was happening in the workforce with pay gaps between men and women of the same position and the small percentage of women who were on corporate boards.

"There isn't visibility of equity," Ms Smith said.

The local UN campaigns raises awareness of equity beyond the workplace.

This winter, its attention goes international, with the Women on the Frontline campaign, which focuses on supporting women and young girls in Afghanistan suffering from domestic violence.

It is estimated that more Afghan women between the ages of 15 and 44 are at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria combined.

In Afghanistan, gender-based and sexual violence is used as a war tactic to shame, terrorise and control communities.

To support Afghan women, the Hunter chapter will kick off its winter campaign with a high tea fund-raiser.

Ms Smith said she hoped the high tea would attract mothers, daughters and gal pals from all generations.

The high tea is on Saturday, June 15, at Bella Vista, Mayfield. Tickets are $55, go to

Kristy Gutamah and Belinda Smith at the high tea event venue, Bella Vista in Mayfield.

Kristy Gutamah and Belinda Smith at the high tea event venue, Bella Vista in Mayfield.


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