Ministerial Council on Women's Equality

The Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality provides expert advice to the Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence on the implementation of Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy, and the future directions for gender equality in Victoria. In order to provide the Minister with guidance that is inclusive of the needs and lived realities of all Victorians, and to foster strategic partnership across the six settings for statewide action on gender equality identified by the Strategy, the Council comprises 20 high profile and influential Victorian women representing unions, the private sector, women’s health, science and technology, the media, sport and recreation.

Alana Johnson

Alana JohnsonAlana is the Chair of the Victorian Women’s Trust and inaugural Chair of the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls, a national organisation dedicated to the prevention of violence to women and girls. Alana is a founding member of Australian Women in Agriculture. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Victorian Rural Women’s network.

 

Amy Mullins

Amy MullinsAmy is the Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA). Amy is also a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women at the Melbourne School of Government and is an advisor to the Male Champions of Change (MCC).

 

Emma Fulu

Emma FuluDr Emma Fulu is the founder and director of the Equality Institute which works to advance all forms of equality and prevent violence against women through scientific research, innovation and creative communications and is a global expert on violence against women and girls.

 

Fiona Vines

Fiona VinesFiona is the global head of Inclusion & Diversity at BHP – the world’s largest mining company. Fiona is an experienced Human Resources Executive with over 25 years’ experience in designing and delivering Diversity, Inclusion, Change Management, Talent, Capability and Learning solutions aligned to business needs.

 

Hana Assafiri

Hana AssafiriHana is a tireless advocate for women in the community, a spokesperson for Islamic feminism in Australia and is a long-time Melbourne icon. In March 2017 Hana was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, celebrating her contribution made to local communities and human rights.

 

Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki BrownJax is a disability and LGBTI consultant, writer, spoken-word performer, public speaker, disability sexuality educator and workshop designer and facilitator. Jax was named one of the 25 LGBTI people to watch in 2015, a finalist in the 2015 Victorian Disability Sector Awards where she was the runner up in the category of Emerging Leader and a 2015 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award finalist.

Joanna Hayter

Joanna HayterJoanna Hayter was the CEO of International Women’s Development Agency IWDA from 2010-2017. She has worked in the international development, human rights and social justice sector for over 30 years, and has served on the Board of the Australian Council for International Development. In 2013, Joanna was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence and in 2016 she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women.

Kathryn Arndt

Kathryn ArndtKathryn is CEO of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) an independent organisation that supports councils, councillors and the community in good local governance through policy, advocacy, networking and professional development activities. Kathryn is a member of the Women’s Roundtable for Local Government.

 

Kristen Hilton

Kristen HiltonKristen is Victoria’s Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Kristen also chairs the recently established Male Champions of Change group for Fire and Emergency Services.

 

 

Kristine Olaris

Kristine OlarisKristine is the Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health East and the Convenor of the Women’s Health Association of Victoria.

 

 

 

Dr Lara Fergus

Dr Lara FergusDr Fergus is Director of Policy and Evaluation at Our Watch – Australia’s national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children.

 

 

 

Leanne Miller

Leanne MillerLeanne is the Adviser of Aboriginal Participation at BP Australia and is the Executive Director for Koorie Women Mean Business (KWMB). A role which involves supporting and identifying community leadership projects for women and young girls.

 

 

Professor Lisa Heap

Professor Lisa HeapLisa recently led the Women’s Rights and Safety team at Victorian Trades Hall Council. In 2015 Lisa was appointed Professor (Adjunct) by the Australian Catholic University in recognition of her experience in the area of work and labour law. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Employment Rights.

 

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, PhD

Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea, PhDDr Evans-Galea is the inaugural Executive Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) with the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Dr Evans-Galea has been recognised with an Australian Leadership Award and is an inductee and Ambassador for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

 

Cr Mary Delahunty

Cr Mary DelahuntyMary is the Mayor of the City of Glen Eira. Mary is also the General Manager, Business Development and Policy for HESTA, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds.

 

 

 

Peggy O'Neal

Peggy O'NealPeggy has been president of the Richmond Football Club since October 2013, having served on the Club's board since 2005 and is a consultant to Lander & Rogers. In 2014 she was appointed to chair the Victorian Minister for Sport's yearlong inquiry into 'Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation,’ and was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence. Peggy is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rita Butera

Rita ButeraRita is the Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria. She has worked in the human services industry for over 20 years including positions with Commonwealth, State and Local Government. Her positions have included health promotion with VicHealth and Director of Research and Planning at Beyondblue.

 

Sarah Moran

Sarah MoranSarah is Co-founder and CEO of Girl Geek Academy, with a mission to teach 1 million women to get into tech and launch their own startups by 2025. Girl Geek Academy is behind Australia's first all-female hackathon, #SheHacks, Australia's first all-female makerfest, #SheMakes, and the world’s first hackathon for girls aged five to eight, #MissMakesCode.

Vanessa Badham

Vanessa BadhamVan is a Melbourne-based theatremaker, journalist, critic, academic, activist, novelist and occasional broadcaster. She is currently a weekly political columnist and culture critic for The Guardian Australia.

 

 

Wesa Chau

Wesa ChauWesa is Director of Cultural Intelligence, a specialist consulting company that helps other organisations understand the power of cultural diversity. She is also co-founder of Poliversity, a partisan independent body that promotes culturally diverse leadership, representation and recognition. Wesa was named 2010 Young Victorian of the Year, Rising Star award for young alumni University of Melbourne 2012 and inductee to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women 2012.