The Gender Equality Committee was established in early 2015 to provide a forum for discussion and organise events concerning women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls both around Australia and internationally. The committee saw a very successful launch event followed by strong community engagement. The committee would like to thank everyone for your support. It is only through your continued engagement with these important social issues that we can make a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide, and at home. 


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Hannah Brown

Hannah is a registered psychologist trained in organisational development, with experience across public, private and not-for-profit organisations. In her current role, Hannah works on strategic initiatives and projects aimed at enhancing individual, team and organisational effectiveness. Hannah holds a master’s degree in industrial and organisational psychology with High Distinction, and has written theses on female leadership development, as well as fairness and motivation in the workplace. Hannah’s passion for social justice, female empowerment and equality led to her involvement with the UNAAWA and subsequent role as Chair of the Gender Equality Committee. In addition to her role with the Gender Equality Committee, Hannah promotes gender equality through the facilitation of a community networking group dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women in Metropolitan WA.

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Communications Officer

Tahlia Hudson-Campbell

Tahlia  is a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate at Curtin University, a passionate writer and a lifelong activist for justice and equality. Tahlia is enthusiastic about gender discourse in particular and wants to build a world in which equality is at the forefront of every conversation. With her degree in Creative Writing and Screen Studies, be it through fiction or through education and advocacy, Tahlia hopes to bring gender justice to the main stage and help to create a better, brighter and stronger future for us all.

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Research Grants Officer

Tim Perkin

Tim has a background in geography and sustainable built environments  from the University of Aberdeen and University of Edinburgh in the 1980s. He started work at the Scottish Agricultural College teaching a range of environmental management and sustainable planning units. His first job in Australia was at the University of Wollongong before moving to Perth in 1999 to teach environmental management at ECU. In 2006 he was invited to develop a new and innovative Urban Planning degree based on sustainability principles.  Tim is committed to the ideals of the UNAA and he hopes to see a world where gender discrimination is ended and all genders are treated with equal respect.

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Research Grants Officer

Ilse Strauss

Ilse is the Founder & CEO of PurposeSYNC which is home Australasia’s only recognized Human Behavioral based Leadership Program. As the daughter of parents who left South Africa in the Apartheid Era, Ilsé has a passion for healthy and functional leadership and business. She is a graduate of Murdoch University with a Double Major in Legal Studies and International Politics and is on the pathway to complete her Masters in Leadership Development. Ilsé is also one of the only 4 coaches globally to attain the highest rank as a Certified Professional Coach with the ICG and spends her time curating and facilitating Coaching & Mentoring Programs to develop successful leaders.

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Event Manager

Sephy Pariente

Sephy works as a Corporate Psychologist, particularly passionate about mental health and educating others around potential psychosocial risk evident in society that can impact a person's experiences. Sephy holds a Master's degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology with High Distinction, and has written theses on stereotype threat as well as intrinsic motivations. In her current role, Sephy works on the individual, team, and greater organisational level to improve organisational effectiveness and overall employee satisfaction.

Her strong interest in advocating for female empowerment and gender equality stems from a previous career, which comprised many barriers due to both her young age and gender. This passion led her to her being a par of the UNAAWA in a volunteer member capacity, and now to her sitting on the Gender Equality Committee as Event Manager.

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Project Officer

Aritri Dhar

Aritri is a systems professional with 8+ years' experience in information systems management, project automation, and full lifecycle implementations for reporting, asset management, and engineering solutions in the Oil & Gas sector. Aritri currently works as a Project and Change lead for one of the leading facility management companies in Australia. 


Aritri is passionate about making a difference by increasing awareness of gender equality and its impact on sustainable development. In her spare time, Aritri enjoys travelling, learning languages, reading crime fiction and dancing salsa.  


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