Ambassadors

Many outstanding Australian men and women support our movement as Honour a Woman ambassadors. These include:

Diana Abdel-Rahman OAM is the President of the Australian Muslim Voice and a passionate advocate for the Muslim community, human rights and multicultural issues. 

Susan Alberti AC  is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, raising millions of dollars for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. She is also an inspiring trailblazer for women in sport and business, particularly in women’s football.

Jane Alver is a gender equality advocate at the local, national, regional and global levels who was named in the AFR 100 Women of Influence in 2018.

Julia Banks is a lawyer and feminist advocate.

Tasman Bain is a youth advocate and the co-founder of Meri Toksave, a youth-led initiative to advance gender equality and eliminate sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

Dr John Basarin OAM is a Turkish Australian historian, honoured for his service to Australia-Turkey relations, to military history and to the community.

Rosie Batty AO is a family violence campaigner raising public awareness and advocating for change in all aspects of family violence and gender inequality.

Professor Helen Berry   is the inaugural Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney, the world’s first such appointment.

Professor Jill Blackmore AM is Alfred Deakin Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia.

Professor Denise Bradley AC  is a distinguished educator, policy advisor and administrator, with specialist interests in educational equity and excellence. 

Anna Burke AO  was elected representative for the Victorian seat of Chisholm in the Australian Parliament from 1998 until 2016. She served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives during the 43rd parliament from 2012-2013. Anna is a current member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Linda Burney MP Labor Member for Barton, is Shadow Minister for Human Services in the Federal Labor opposition. She is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation and is the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the House of Representatives.

Jane Caro is a feminist, writer, journalist, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and social commentator. 

Marie Coleman AO  is founding member and Chair of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian Women, a feminist and social activist.

Carol Cooke AM is a Paralympic gold medallist from London and Rio,  an author and philanthropist who has raised over $10 million for Multiple Sclerosis.

George Donikian is a media professional with extensive experience in radio, television and film documentaries and an abiding passion for Australia’s multicultural communities.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a professional company director, keynote speaker and author. She was the creator of the Walkley-nominated #CelebratingWomen campaign.

Catherine Fox is a freelance journalist, author and feminist, and passionate advocate for gender equity.

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea AM is a leading international research scientist,  co-founder and CEO of Women in STEMM Australia.

Professor Karen Hapgood is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science Engineering at Deakin University, one of few female deans of an engineering faculty in Australia.

Joanna Hayter AO is an outstanding advocate for equality, human rights, peace and security. 

Yvonne Ho is a businesswoman, educationalist, medical specialist and philanthropist.

Judy Horacek is a feminist, cartoonist, artist, writer and children’s book creator.

Julian Hill MP is the Labor member for Bruce in the Australian House of Representatives.

Diane James AM is a company director and business consultant who has had a lengthy business career and long involvement in natural resource management and coastal planning.

Ged Kearney MP is the Labor member for Batman in the Australian House of Representatives.

Pam Kent is the Director of School Implementation, Department for Education, South Australia.

Rob Koczkar  is the CEO of Social Ventures Australia, which works to improve the lives of those in need in Australia. 

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM is a respected general practitioner based in Melbourne, with over 30 years clinical experience.

Libby Lyons is the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. 

Kate Lundy, former Federal Labor Minister, holds several directorships including the Australian Cyber Security Research Centre. She is also the ACT Defence Industry Advocate.

Cathy McGowan AO is the retired independent Member of Parliament for Indi, Victoria.

Peter Mader  is the President of the South Australian Secondary Principals’ Association.

Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs.

Malvina Malinek OAM holds many positions in women’s organisations in Victoria and is a National Council of Jewish Women Executive Life Member.

Professor Jennifer Martin AC is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, University of Wollongong. 

Denis Moriarty is the Founder and Group Managing Director of Our Community, supporting people and organisations to build stronger communities. 

Judi Moylan AO   is a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council. She was a WA Liberal Member of the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2013, serving as Minister for Family Services and Minister for the Status of Women.

Nyadol Nyuon  is a passionate community advocate, particularly on issues impacting African Australians.

Dr Kate O’Halloran is a sports journalist and academic researcher who has represented Victoria in cricket.

Anne Pang is a Melbourne philanthropist who has been a Women’s Self Defence and Australasian Kung Fu champion.

Barry Pang founded one of the first Kung Fu schools in Australia.

Karen Percy is a senior Australian journalist and advocate who is passionate about diversity and equality. She mentors young journalists and is part of the ABC’s peer support program which reaches out to colleagues exposed to trauma.

Clare Petre has held senior positions in the government, community and the media. In 1995 she chaired a review into Australian honours, A Matter of Honour, highlighting gender inequality and proposing many practical recommendations.

Dr Jenna Price is a feminist, academic at the University of Technology, Sydney, and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times.

Murray Rankin is Managing Director of Rankin Securities, supporting High Tech enterprises and Start Up communities as part of the ACT Governments CBR Innovation Network, connecting innovators with entrepreneurs.

Michelle Redfern is the founder of Advancing Women and co-founder of social enterprise CDW (Culturally Diverse Women). Her work is anchored in her mission to achieve gender equality, advance women in business and the sporting sector and address the significant under-representation of culturally diverse women in senior leadership in Australia.

Pam Robinson OAM has extensive experience in urban/rural extension programs and mediation.

Dr Shirleene Robinson is a leading historian, curator and author, who is passionate about oral history, particularly the histories of Australian LGBTIQ people and their contribution to society. 

Troy Roderick is Director, Strategic Initiatives & Insights at Male Champions of Change and advises business leaders on diversity and inclusion.

Rysia Rozen OAM  is the immediate past President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia.

Professor Kim Rubenstein is a Professor in the ANU College of Law and is Australia’s leading citizenship law expert. She was the inaugural Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

Diana Ryall AM  founded Xplore for Success, after being CEO of Apple Australia. It delivers programs, coaching and inspiration to help women achieve their career aspirations.

Susan Ryan AO is a powerful advocate, educator, feminist and champion of gender equality. She was the first female Labor Senator for the ACT, first female Labor minister and later first woman in a Labor Cabinet. She was also Australia’s inaugural Age Discrimination Commissioner and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner.

Carol Schwartz AM is a dynamic business leader and philanthropist, a Director of the Reserve Bank and Chair, Women’s Leadership Institute Australia.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC is an esteemed epidemiologist noted for her public health work and research into child and maternal health. 

Jo Stewart-Rattray is the global champion for ISACA’s SheLeadsTech initiative which is seeking to address the under-representation of women in the tech workforce.

Mark Stone AM  is the Chief Executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ashleigh Streeter-Jones is an award winning gender activist, particularly passionate about ensuring representation of young women from diverse backgrounds.

Kirsty Sword Gusmao AO was awarded an Order of Australia ‘For distinguished service to Australia-Timor-Leste relations through the development of mutual cooperation and understanding, particularly in the education sector, and as an advocate for improved health and living conditions for the Timorese people’. She is Chair of the Alola Foundation (Timor-Leste).

Nola Watson  is the Deputy President of the NSW Business Chamber and Principal of Indar, a management consulting business providing expert advice on governance and operations. 

Paul Wheelton AM  is a Melbourne philanthropist and a member on the UN-based “He for She” movement.

Beth Wilson  has been a staunch advocate for women’s rights throughout her distinguished career in administrative law including as Health Services Commissioner. 

Rochelle Thorpe supports women and children in Nepal in their social enterprises.

Jennifer Yang was the Federal Labor candidate for Chisholm in the 2019 election.

Kristine Ziwica is a Melbourne-based columnist and campaign consultant who has over 20 years experience working on human rights and gender equality campaigns in Australia, USA, Germany and the UK.