ERA Steering Group

Our Steering Group represents member organisations and oversees the ERA Secretariat.

Our Steering Group election is underway now. Click here to meet the candidates! 


Current members


Erin Gillen, National Foundation for Australian Women

Erin Gillen is a senior policy advisor currently working on national efforts to prevent violence against women. Currently a staff member at Our Watch, Erin has convened national coordination efforts on respectful relationships education, developed policy positions such as for the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, and provided advice to governments on the development of approaches to prevent gender-based violence. She has experience in a range of policy areas including social, education, multicultural and migration policy. Her work has had a strong focus on gender equality and the role of the Federal Government in enacting policy reform to progress towards this goal. Erin is a member of the National Foundation for Australian Women’s Social Policy Committee (including contributing to the annual Gender Lens on the Budget) and ERA’s Young Women’s Advisory Group. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University. Aged 27, Erin grew up in regional NSW and currently lives in Melbourne.



Molly Howes, Children by Choice

Graduating in 2017 Molly Howes has a Bachelor of Mass Communications from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently the Communications Officer at Children by Choice. Children by Choice is a feminist organisation that supports women to freely make their own reproductive and sexual health choices. Molly is a passionate advocate for women’s equality through service delivery and advocacy with a keen interest in healthy relationships and sex education.



Sharyl Scott, Zonta International

Sharyl is the current Governor of Zonta International District 24(NSW & ACT), professionally she is a NSW Primary School Principal( with post graduate qualifications in education and professional mentoring. She is currently completing a Coaching International qualification. Her experience with the alliances has been as a delegate to ERA and eS4W representing  Zonta International.  Sharyl was also a  board member  of the one of the original alliances, Australian Women’s Coalition. (10 years) she was  AWC president for 4 years, leading national enquiries on research for victims of sexual violence, trafficking and slavery with UTS, research on women in prison and projects on young women in leadership in diverse communities. In 2018 she was a delegate for Zonta International  to CSW62.



YWCA Australia, Standing Member


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