Introducing the Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition

The Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition, convened by IWDA, includes supporters of feminist foreign policy working across foreign policy, defence, security, women’s rights, international development and other related sectors. It includes a core group driving the agenda in Australia, as well as a broader membership of allied organisations and individuals.

Feminist foreign policy is an approach which places gender equality as the central goal of foreign policy, in recognition that gender equality is a predictor of peaceful and flourishing societies. There are now 7 countries which have formally adopted feminist foreign policy: Sweden, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain and Libya.

Australia’s current foreign policy framework aims to create a more “stable and prosperous” region, and identifies gender equality as a shared Australian value. However, Australia’s approach to foreign policy has traditionally treated gender equality as a secondary consideration.

An Australian feminist foreign policy would place gender equality as the goal of foreign policy, and commit to intersectional gender and human rights analysis across all aspects of foreign policy and international development cooperation. It would be appropriately resourced, backed by targets and accountability measures, and be inclusive of feminist leadership from the Australia and the Asia Pacific region.


Feminist Foreign Policy: An overview

From seeds to roots: Trajectories towards feminist foreign policy

Feminist Foreign Policy: Key Principles & Accountability Mechanisms

Core Group Members

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Alice Ridge

Amy Haddad

Dr Anu Mundkur

Bridi Rice

Senior Research, Policy & Advocacy Advisor


Director, Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion

Tetratech International Development

Co-Founder and Co-Director


 Founder and CEO

Development Intelligence Lab

Jacqui True

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Carla Wilshire, OAM

Dr Elise Stephenson

Jacqui True

Joanna Pradela


Migration Council of Australia

Research Fellow

Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, Australian National University

Director | Professor of International Relations

Monash University, Gender, Peace and Security Centre

Director, Knowledge Translation & Equality Insights


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Kavita Naidu

Leanne Smith

Madeleine Flint

Melissa Conley Tyler, FAIIA

 Co-focal team, UNFCCC Women & Gender Constituency

 Executive Director, Australian Human Rights Commission

Production Manager, Development Intelligence Lab

 Program Lead, Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D)

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Sophie Hardefelt

Sally Moyle

Sarah Boyd

Sophie Hardefelt

Professor Susan Harris Rimmer

Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University

Founder and Principal

The Gender Agency

Policy and Research Manager

ActionAid Australia


  Griffith University Gender Equality Research Network

Liz Gill Atkinson

Dhanya Mani

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Liz Gill-Atkinson

Dhanya Mani

Jack Hayes

Research, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator




Kate’s List

PhD Candidate

The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University


Endorsement indicates support for the broad objectives of the Coalition, but should not be taken to indicate support for every statement or position taken by IWDA or the Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition.

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Our Members

Australian Council for International Development

Action Aid Australia

Australian Women's Health Network


ANU Gender Institute

Emily's List Australia

Gender Equity Victoria

International Planned Parent Federation

Marie Stopes Australia

Migration Council Australia

MSI Asia Pacific

National Foundation For Australian Women

Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre

Older Women's Network NSW

Oxfam Australia

The Equality Institute

Tetra Tech International Development

Women with Disabilities Australia

Women's Climate Congress

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Go Equal