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Natasha Stott Despoja AM among world's top changemakers

May 24 2018 By Lisa Zilberpriver - Manager, Media & Communications

Our Watch is proud to announce that Chair of the Board, Natasha Stott Despoja AM has been named among the world’s 100 most influential people in gender equality.

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The list, compiled by international policy hub Apolitical, includes Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Australian PM Julia Gillard and renowned Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
 
Federal Minister for Women, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP and journalist Tracey Spicer were also recognised.
 
In addition to chairing Our Watch, Ms Stott Despoja recently on the World Health Organisation High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents. She was previously Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council. 
 
"It is an honor to be recognised with such remarkable men and women. 
 
"Through my international and national roles, I have had the privilege of working with many people on this list. We are all part of the gender equality movement,” Ms Stott Despoja said.  
 
"No one country has achieved gender equality but the names on this list and the breadth of their work – as leaders, advocates, academics and activists – give us hope.” 
 
"Our Watch is working to change the societal attitudes that condone disrespect and violence against women,” Ms Stott Despoja said.  
 
"We work with Australia’s political leaders, educators, parents, employers, young people, sports people and the media, because this kind of change takes generations.” 
 
"I am proud to chair Our Watch, and am excited to be recognised along with the many women and men on this list, who in turn represent so many more gender equality advocates.” 
 
Ms Stott Despoja was the youngest woman ever to enter the Australian federal parliament, and in 2011 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.