Vanessa is currently studying a Masters of Journalism at the University of Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and politics and is a member of Women with Disabilities Victoria. She is passionate about social policy, disability advocacy, freedom of information and data journalism. She loves to de-stress by spending quality time with her two cats, dog and worm farm.
Emma is in her mid-late twenties and from Melbourne, Victoria. She completed a Bachelor of Arts and went on to do her Honours year in Psychological Sciences. She currently works as a Senior Research Assistant at a University research centre that focuses on creating positive social change. Emma is passionate about research that aims to enhance well-being and social inclusion, and research translation that encourages accessible and open knowledge-sharing. Emma has also spent time volunteering with various organisations, including as a well-being program facilitator, and likes to do as much hiking as possible in her free time.
Steph was born in London and grew up in Sydney's leafy north shore. After completing a degree in Advanced Science at UNSW, she now works as a Research Assistant in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about reducing health inequities and believes strongly in education as a tool for empowerment. Steph is excited about efforts to reform sexual and mental health education in Australian schools and universities, and to amplify the voices of young women in these spaces. She is an active member of the Sydney Jewish Community and has extensive experience in community youth work and informal education. She loves music, animals, cycling, traveling and being in nature as much as humanly possible.
Karess was born and raised in the dry 40-degree heat of Paraburdoo, Western Australia. She attended high school as a boarder in Perth and went on to complete a double degree in Law and Behavioural Science. She is currently employed as a law graduate at the State Solicitor’s Office in Western Australia. Karess is passionate about equality – in all its forms. She is a member of Soroptimist International, which is global organisation that works towards the empowerment and enablement of women. When she isn’t working, Karess may be found at her old-fashioned desk penning letters to friends, ballroom dancing or taking long walks to nowhere in particular.
Matilda is 18 years old and lives in Canberra. She is passionate about mental health, social justice, and equality. She strongly believes in education as a powerful tool for empowerment and change. In 2019 she was a School Strike 4 Climate organiser. She is currently an AYCC ACT Schools Coordinator, a SEE-Change Board Member, and is a member of the ACT Youth Advisory Council. She has represented young people on panels at events such as the UN Youth Report Launch at Parliament House and YWCA launch of the survey; Our Lives: Women in the ACT. When she isn't working or volunteering you can find her reading or on walks with her dog.
Bri was born and raised in the tiny village of Bundanoon before making her way to Sydney. After completing a Masters degree in International Law at USYD, she now works as a workplace advisor for White Ribbon Australia while studying for her JD. Bri is passionate about equality in all its forms, and while most of her experience has been in the domestic violence and refugee space she is always looking to learn and improve. When she isn’t working, Bri is usually reading, turning her apartment into a jungle or using any excuse to get out into nature.
Linnea Burdon-Smith (she/her/hers)
Linnea grew up on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and has made her way to the nations capital. She works with different groups and organisations, promoting trauma informed approaches and responses, that benefit both the individual and the community. This has led her to work in the women’s sector, in aboriginal controlled organisation and within women’s prisons. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching yoga and getting out of town to the mountains or the coast.
Molly grew up in a small town in rural NSW, before moving to a regional city to complete a double degree at Latrobe University of Bachelor in Human Services and Masters in Social Work. Growing up in a family who are passionate about human rights, social justice and equality gave her the motivation to become a social worker, who is deeply passionate about the inequalities and injustices women face in our society. Molly has worked abroad with refugees, focused upon on displaced women and the challenges they face integrating into a new society/culture; held a seat on the Young Women’s Panel under NCOSS; and has enlightened and engaged the community around gendered issues through community based forums, local radio and newspaper and establishing and sustaining events such as Step Out Against Violence Albury Wodonga that spotlight the issues of gender based violence. When she’s not opening up dialogue around such issues, you'll find Molly either in her garden, getting messy with some paint or immersing herself in music.
Stay tuned for actions you can take in 2017 to advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in Australia