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Many 'sisters,' one goal

AUSTRALIAN women who were among the interviewees in "Sisters," a series of mini-documentaries featuring inspirational women from Australia and China, met their Chinese counterparts in Shanghai yesterday.

Led by Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of Australia, the delegation shared opinions with their Chinese peers about their common aspiration to contribute to a sustainable future and a better life.

"The documentary is a wonderful way to showcase the contribution of women working on sustainability, on the eco-system, in agriculture and medical services, among others. I feel proud of them," the governor-general said.

"No matter what backgrounds we have, all women share a deep commitment to the future and can open up dialogues on every issue with both knowledge and understanding."

Making her first visit to China, the governor-general said she was privileged to be present on Australia National Pavilion Day.

"Sisters" is projected on screens which surround the visitors as they walk through the pavilion.

Larissa Brown, a delegation member who founded an environmental leadership program for young people seeking a more sustainable world, said she would like to inspire youth to develop the necessary leadership and advocacy skills to change the world.

Chen Fei, a second-year student from Shanghai Xiangming High School, and a Shanghai native, was thrilled to meet fellow "sisters" from Australia.

"I got chosen as a 'sister' for my award-winning invention that captures the heat emitted by an air-conditioner and uses it to heat water for cooking and cleaning," Chen said.

"The exchange of ideas makes me believe that women today can create the present and shape the future with joint efforts," she said.


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