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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. 


Meet the Committee

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Francesca Stewart

Francesca Stewart is a consultant with a special interest in Gender & Leadership. As a global citizen, she is a graduate of the Common Purpose program – a program centred on the UN SDGs, which aims to develop leaders who cross boundaries so they can solve complex problems in work and in society.

An experienced HR & Leadership professional, Francesca has had vast industry experience across Consulting, Financial Services, Property, Oil & Gas, Water and Public Sector, in Australia and overseas. Her prior experience includes several years as a HR Specialist at General Electric, in which she primarily focused on leadership development programs, and more recently at Tower Human Capital, where she supports women in leadership, through programs designed to address the causes of gender inequality and to build capability for the career advancement of women.


Holding a Bachelor of Arts and currently undertaking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology at The University of Western Australia, Francesca is also interested in contemporary work methodologies, and how aspects of organisational development can contribute to more equitable workplaces for women. Compassionate and purpose driven, dedicated to personal and collective growth. She is an advocate for diversity and inclusion and a champion of change.

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Communications Officer

 Paige Larsen

Paige works in Communications and Stakeholder Engagement in the not-for-profit community. An International Relations and Political Science Graduate, Paige is passionate about people and providing better outcomes for those who have suffered injustice, violence and any form of discrimination. She is hoping to use her experience to bring growth to gender equality in Western Australia and build up younger women to identify and address gender injustice in their schools, homes and community. 

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Event Officer

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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