Jessie Street Trust Annual Lunch

Event location: Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Event time: 12.15 pm (Friday, 22)
Event cost: $55 ($40 concession)
RSVP: Jeannette McHugh (02 9387 3199)

Jessie Street fought for women's rights, the rights of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, the promotion of peace and disarmament and the elimination of all forms of discrimination. She often used her own money to support the causes she cared about.

The Jessie Street Trust continues this tradition by awarding an annual grant to a project with these goals.

Each year the Trust holds a lunch at NSW Parliament House to raise funds for the grant.

The 2002 grant of $3000, to be announced at the lunch, will be awarded to a project that promotes racial harmony.

The Guest Speaker at the lunch will be Maha Krayem-Abdo, President of the Muslim Women's Association. Maha's vision is to provide Muslim women with the skills needed to participate in Australian community life, and to foster better understanding of the status of Muslim women in Islam and in today's society.

The Evatt Foundation is proud that it was due to the Doc that there was a woman in the Australian delegation to the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945, and that the woman was Jessie. Here, with other women, she helped establish a permanent Commission on the Status of Women and became Australia's representative on this commission.