Celebrating young Australian women in international affairs | Mercedes Page

Celebrating young Australian women in international affairs | Mercedes Page
This past Monday, 8 March, was International Women's Day (IWD). As well as highlighting persistent gender inequalities in society, IWD provides an opportunity to celebrate the women who have made a significant contribution in their field. Mercedes Page is one of these women.

As well as her recognition as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence, and being a finalist in the 2019 Women's Agenda Leadership Awards, Mercedes is the founder and CEO of Young Australians in International Affairs (YAIA). YAIA provides a forum for young Australians interested in contributing to international affairs, foreign policy, and defence and security. If you are a young Australian seeking to get involved in international relations, this episode of '15 Minutes in Canberra', hosted by Senior Policy Fellow Hayley Channer, is for you.

On the podcast, Mercedes reveals her motivation in establishing a non-profit, volunteer-run organisation for young Australians, explains how YAIA is celebrating IWD through its annual list of women to watch in international affairs, and reflects on her experience as a woman in the traditionally male-dominated foreign affairs field.

 

Click here to listen to episode one and here for episode two.