Important update for travellers to Australia from Southern Africa 👇 🇿🇼🇲🇼🇿🇦🇱🇸🇸🇿🇳🇦🇧🇼🇲🇿
On International Human Rights Day, Australia reiterates its commitment to the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights for all - regardless of background or identity.
While on a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, we met with 🇺🇳 MONUSCO’s senior leaders, SRSG Bintou Keita and Australian DSRSG David McLachlan-Karr, where we discussed how MONUSCO is working closely with the DRC Government to tackle human rights abuses, and improve realisation of human rights across the country.
The Women in Leadership Network (WILN), a voluntary network made up of Australian alumnae in Zambia, recently partnered Freely in Hope to donate hygiene products including sanitary pads to 100 young women. This is in line with the recognition that stopping violence starts with adopting comprehensive and inclusive approaches that tackle the root causes of gender-based violence.
The Australian Embassy is proud of the alumnae's efforts to use their skills and influence to highlight the importance of preventing and addressing violence against women and girls Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Zambia-Australia Alumni Association Africa Connect Alumni
The Embassy was fortunate to join a coalition of African rhino conservation specialists on their annual rhino ‘ear notching’ exercise. Given the rhinos’ rough lifestyle, notching is considered the most effective way to identify and help protect rhinos in the long term.
The overall success of these rhino conservation efforts is thanks to the incredible work of highly dedicated teams of vets, anti-poaching rangers, darters, trackers, fixed-wing and chopper pilots, NGOs and donors.
Big thanks to Perth-based SAVE African Rhino Foundation, of the biggest NGO donors to rhino conservation in Zimbabwe, and also to Savé Valley Conservancy for the opportunity to join this year’s operation. 🦏🦏🦏
Wonderful day hosting Mobility for Africa, an incredible Australian social enterprise providing transport solutions for rural Zimbabweans. Fresh from Expo2020, Shantha Bloemen and her team demonstrated the Hamba - a community-owned solar-powered tricycle with endless applications. Truly innovative tech producing life changing results for communities.
We were glad to partner with the formidable ShamwariYemwanasikana last week to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by hosting the annual “Men As Role Models” awards.
These awards recognise the important role than men play in building an equal society. Coming from a diverse range of backgrounds, the awardees seek to inspire other men in their communities to step up to the plate on gender equality.
Thrilled to hear that the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will be co-hosted in Zimbabwe in 2027!
We were pleased to support the celebration of at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity Hospital in Harare.
We met a truly special group of dedicated doctors and nurses providing lifesaving care to premature babies across Zimbabwe. We were moved by the love and compassion shown to all those in their care.
The Australian Embassy recently spent some time with Rangelands Restoration Trust in Beitbridge District, learning more about the great work Rangelands Restoration Trust is doing to improve the health of rangelands and livelihoods in local communities.
The Embassy, through our Direct Aid Program, is funding Rangelands Restoration Trust's development of the Virtual Irrigation Academy pilot - helping local farmers to manage scarce water resources more effectively. Pictured below, former Wallabies Australian rugby captain, David Pocock, explains the use of the 'Chameleon Sensor', a key component of the VIA.
Our Embassy in Harare also covers the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ambassador Moules was honoured to present credentials to President Tshisekedi in Kinshasa this week. We look forward to further strengthening Australia-DRC relations. 🇦🇺🇨🇩
Today we pause to honour those who have served our nation and pay tribute to their bravery and sacrifice.
Over the last 5 years, Australia has doubled its support for developing countries to AUD2 billion over 2020–25. We are partners in this global effort to address climate change