Wendy Rose AM

My life has been enriched by women from all walks of life particularly women in poorer communities who have shown such dignity and resilience.

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Wendy Rose's passion for working with women and children began in her childhood. She attended school in India, and later lived in Papua New Guinea.

Wendy is an overseas aid professional with more than 25 years experience working with non government organisations (NGOs) directly engaged in overseas aid and development work, especially in relation to women and girls.

Wendy was co-founder and the first President of the International Women's Development Agency (1985 to 1991). She believes that women are the key to the health and wellbeing of their families, and through her commitment organisations and governments have recognised that women are central to the development process.

As a senior member of the international aid community, she has represented the NGO community for many years including as Director and Deputy Chair of ChildFund Australia, chair of Child Wise, National Director of YWCA Australia and Vice President of the Australian Council for International Development.

Since retirement, Wendy has continued to be a mentor and volunteer. Currently, she is a member of the WaterAid Australia Board and serves on the Program Review Committee of ChildFund Australia.

In 2004, Wendy was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for service to the development of humanitarian aid programs, both nationally and internationally, particularly in relation to issues affecting women and children.

In 2007, she was presented with the Australian Council for International Development Award for her outstanding contribution to the sector.