Thursday, June 27th, 2019 - Women Economic Forum (Perth, Australia)

The Women Economic Forum (WEF) is an international conference platform enabling women and leaders from all walks of life worldwide to expand business opportunities and enhance personal influence through networking across borders while being inspired by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, authors, thought leaders, parliamentarians and celebrities. The event will be taking place in Perth for the first time between the 5th and 7th of July 2019.

With connections to 100,000 members and inspiring women across 150 countries, WEF is one of the largest women’s networks offering the widest outreach, enabling global connections for empowering women’s entrepreneurship and leadership. WEF’s are held globally and the Perth event will be the inaugural Forum to be held in Australia and a regional alliance of Women Economic Forum India.

The theme for the Perth event is ‘Empowered Women Making A Difference’, and it is expected that the event will attract 250+ attendees.

The ground-breaking event in Perth will launch at a Government House Reception on the 5th of July 2019, and will be emceed by Louise Percy, Patron of Belmont Business Enterprise Centre. Ken Haywood will deliver the Welcome to Country.

Other presenting dignitaries include Dr Harbeen Arora, Founder of Women Economic Forum All Ladies League     and Professor Deborah Terry, AO, Vice Chancellor of Curtin University.

Entertainment will be provided by Ezereve a local Perth based singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Ezereve is also speaking at WEF (Perth) on July 6 at 1pm about females at risk.

The Rhythm Centre Generous Charity has sponsored 8 women from the NGO Kolkata Sanved in India to be able to attend the first Woman’s Economic Forum in Australia. These young Indian women work directly with trafficking and sexual violence survivors in the care institutions of India using Dance Movement Therapies. These therapies are an alternative approach to counselling, as well as helping with   psychosocial rehabilitation, movement expression, and empowerment for survivors of human trafficking and violence.

With the support of Suzie Craddock from The Rhythm Centre Kolkata Sanved DMT practitioners have been invited to perform a dance at the opening of the Woman’s Economic Forum at WA Government House.

 A special inclusion at the Official Reception will be The Permanent Impressions collection. Permanent Impressions,  is Australia’s greatest portraiture project by a single artist and is a collection of a total of 50 portraits of contemporary West Australian women by award-winning artist Jana Vodesil-Baruffi. The subjects have been drawn from the inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame and each have made a significant contribution to the Western Australian community. 10 portraits will be on easels around the perimeter of Ballroom. These will include:

1.         Anne Aly    - Speaking at WEF (Perth) on July 7

2.         Carina Hoang

3.         Carol Hanlon – Convenor of WEF (Perth)

4.         Carol Martin

5.         Casta Tungaraza

6.         Fiona Stanley

7.         Fiona Wood

8.         Janet Haydon

9.         Lyn Beazley

10.        Rebecca Britten

The Opening will also feature a WA Designer Parade featuring a range of designers including Chaynika, Kirrikin, Silverstar Designs and Desam Designs with support from Metro Modelling and Dance Academy.

WA Boutique wines will be served on the night from Swan Valley family winery Neilson Estate Wines.

Carol Hanlon, Founding CEO of Belmont BEC and Founder CEO TCF said, “We have an amazing opening ceremony planned for the first WEF event to be held in Australia. Over the 3 days, we expect 250+ women & men to attend from different parts of the world and all walks of life.”

WEF Perth is currently supported by venue partner Curtin University, Belmont BEC, TCFWA, BPW WA, Perth Convention Bureau, ALL Ladies League, DeFacto, UN Australia Association WA, Rotary Welshpool, Fortix, Res-Q, Emerge Internet, Access 1 Security, PT Promotions and a range of supporters and volunteers.  

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To find out more about Perth Women Economic Forum in 2019, please contact Carol Hanlon, and see  

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Women Economic Forum (Perth, Australia)

Belmont BEC | BEC Global is a non-profit community organisation established in 1994, providing training and mentoring support services to over 26,500+ individuals in Australia to start or improve their small business and is a specialist in virtual business incubation.

TCFWA | TCF Australia | TCF Global is a non-profit community organisation established in 1998, assisting over 6,500+ designers and fashion industry small businesses with fashion business skill development, linkages in the global supply chain, International trade and industry networks.

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