INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
The Australian Mission to the UN in Geneva would like to invite you to the inaugural Geneva Gender Debate, ‘Gender parity: Game changer or gamble?’ on Tuesday 08 March 2016, 15:00 - 16:30 at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Australia is pleased to be co-sponsoring this event. For details and how to register, please follow the link below:
ANZAC DAY SERVICE
Monday 25 April 2016 at 11:00 am
Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Vevey
The Australian and New Zealand Consulate-Generals would like to invite you to the annual Anzac Day service.
The service will be conducted by Reverend Clive Atkins at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery located in the Saint Martin’s cemetery, Vevey.
Anzac Day is a significant day for Australia and New Zealand and throughout the world ceremonies of remembrance, gratitude and national pride will take place to commemorate those men and women who fought and died in all wars.
Everyone wishing to attend the service will be most welcome.
Light refreshments will be served afterwards.
Commemorating the Anzac Day Centenary in Switzerland
Between 2014 and 2018, Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, and mark a century of service and sacrifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved. It will be the most significant period of commemoration in Australia’s history.
More than 300,000 Australians served overseas during the First World War, of whom some 60,000 lost their lives. More than any other conflict before or since. Most died on the Western Front in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1918, but the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) fought its first campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. The AIF were part of the Allied force, which included troops from New Zealand, Britain and France. The aim of the Gallipoli campaign was to support Russia and force Turkey out of the war.
After the troops landed on the beach, the steep slopes of the peninsula made it extremely difficult to carry out the planned offensive. Fighting continued for eight months until finally the Anzac troops evacuated on 19-20 December 1915. The campaign was costly, with over 120,000 deaths, including 8,141 Australians and 2,721 New Zealanders. The total number of Allied troops killed was over 43,000 and approximately 78,000 Turkish soldiers were killed. The anniversary of the AIF’s introduction to battle on 25 April that year, was commemorated through the war years, and every year since. Anzac Day, as it has become known, has become Australia’s national day of commemoration.