Our Steering Group represents member organisations and oversees the ERA Secretariat.
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.
Hannah Woodward, Girl Guides Australia
As a Board Director of her State Girl Guide Organisation, as well as a trainer and unit leader, Hannah is an active member of Girl Guides Australia from Perth. Through Guiding, Hannah is an advocate for girls and young women nationally and on the global stage, while also working locally empowering girls and young women aged 5-30. Professionally, Hannah is a Policy and Communications Officer at Save the Children, working within the West Australian Place-Based Strategy Team. In this role she develops strategic communication pieces, while exploring opportunities to advocate for early intervention, collaboration and place-based approaches in youth and community services. Hannah is a Behavioural Scientist with a background in Social Justice and Education, and is a passionate advocate for sustainable development, gender equality and youth participation.
Sarah Squire, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Sarah has held several leadership roles, including Manager of the Violence Prevention Coordination Unit at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and Manager of the Women’s Policy Development Unit at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. During her time at the Australian Human Rights Commission Sarah supported two Sex Discrimination Commissioners, leading policy and advocacy for paid parental leave, and managing a two-year national project on work and family responsibilities. At the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Sarah chaired a Ministerial Working Group on the development of national gender equality indicators, set up a new Premier’s Expert Advisory Council on Women, led development of the NSW Women’s Plan, and created a new policy package to support the appointment of women to government boards and committees. At beyondblue, Sarah led the development of the organisation’s landmark campaign addressing the impact of discrimination on the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She also led beyondblue’s programs supporting perinatal, parent, children, youth, and older adult mental health. Sarah is currently Head of the Women’s Research, Advocacy and Policy (WRAP) Centre at Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand.
Anna Kerr, Feminist Legal Clinic
Anna Kerr is a founder and Principal Solicitor of the Feminist Legal Clinic Inc., a new service that works to advance the human rights of women and girls by supporting feminist groups and services. Clients are diverse and have included the Coalition for Women’s Refuges, the Women’s Family Law Court Support Service and The Women’s Library. She is also a member of Legal Aid’s Domestic Violence Practitioner Scheme and in this capacity carries out regular advocacy work at local courts in Sydney. Anna has been a practising solicitor for over 25 years, working largely in the community legal sector, commencing her career as a graduate solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service and subsequently being employed in a range of centres including Redfern Legal Centre, Shopfront Youth Legal Centre and Women’s Legal Services NSW.
YWCA Australia, Standing Member