Year of Youth 2018

Sydney Women Unite for the World's Most Marginalised

Last edited 17th May 2017

In the month that heralds mothers in Australia, around 250 women will join in Sydney to stand in solidarity to raise funds for women living in global poverty. The Sydney event will be held at the Ivy Ballroom at 12 noon on Thursday, May 18.

Walkley award-winning journalist and presenter of the Drive Time Radio show on 2GB, Ben Fordham will host the Sydney event.

Michelle Fernon, a long-time supporter of Caritas Australia, is one of the driving forces behind the Women for the World event.

“Women make up more than half of the world’s poor. Many face systemic discrimination that prevents them from gaining an education, accessing healthcare and securing employment. Yet we know that when we help a woman, her family and her community also climb out of poverty,” Ms Fernon said.

Money raised will go to fund the Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program based in Cambodia.
Sr. Leonor Montiel, also known as Sr. Len, is the Director of the Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program. She will share the inspirational story of the Caritas-supported program at the Sydney event.

Sister Len works daily to return hope to those affected by HIV and AIDS through the delivery of psycho-social support, healthcare, education and vocational training. Born in the Philippines, for almost two decades she has worked as a social and community development worker in Cambodia.

“Through Seedling of Hope people living with HIV and AIDS have a chance to live a new life with dignity, to improve their economic wellbeing and become independent, and transform their own lives,” Sr. Len said.

“The aim is to make a real difference in the lives of youth and families for whom the effects of HIV and AIDS have been compounded by the impacts of living with poverty and disadvantage. By focusing on their psychological health as much as their physical health, we’re able to ensure that they have everything they need to meet their daily needs, including support for their livelihoods.”

To learn more about Women for World Sydney or to donate to the Caritas-supported Maryknoll Seedling of Hope program go to

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