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December 06 2018 By Our Watch

Our Watch is pleased to share news of the reappointment of Natasha Stott Despoja AM as Board Chair.

Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja Image

Ms Stott Despoja AM, who is globally recognised as a tireless advocate for women and girls around the world, will continue to lead the national organisation to prevent violence against women and their children for a further three years.  

While announcing the reappointment, Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, said: “I thank [Ms Stott Despoja AM] for her continued leadership and commitment to Our Watch and look forward to working with the organisation as it progresses critical prevention work to address family and domestic violence in Australia.” 

In addition to chairing Our Watch, Ms Stott Despoja AM has supported the World Health Organisation High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents, and was Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls. 
Ms Stott Despoja AM has also been a member of the World Bank Gender Advisory Council, Former leader of the Australian Democrats (2001-02), was the youngest female Senator to enter the Federal Parliament of Australia (1995-2008), and has been named among the world’s 100 most influential people in gender equality. 

“Natasha’s unwavering commitment to improving the status of women and girls is an inspiration,” said Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly.  

“We are thrilled and honoured that Natasha has been reappointed as Chair of the Board, and look forward to working with her for another three years as we drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that underpin violence against women and their children,” Ms Kinnersly said.  

Kerry Chikarovski has also been reappointed as Director of Our Watch Board.