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Who we are

The Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition (AFFPC), convened by IWDA, includes supporters of feminist foreign policy working across diplomacy, defence, security, women’s rights, international development and other related sectors.

What is Feminist Foreign Policy

12 countries have committed to feminist foreign policy: Sweden, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Libya, Chile, Germany, the Netherlands, Liberia and Colombia. While each country has its own approach, the AFFPC advocates for feminist foreign policy as a framework to understand and transform the global systems which uphold and perpetuate inequality – including patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism and others – in order to create a peaceful world where everyone can flourish.

Current State of Play

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. In 2022, the Australian Government made the important commitment to a First Nations foreign policy approach embedding Indigenous perspectives, experiences and interests into Australia’s foreign policy.

Our goal

Feminist foreign policy would place gender equality as the central goal of Australia’s foreign policy and be grounded in First Nations approaches and worldviews. It would be institutionalised across government and would be informed by, and accountable to, civil society, women’s rights organisations, and First Nations peoples from Australia, the Pacific and Asia.


Feminist Foreign Policy: An overview

From seeds to roots: Trajectories towards feminist foreign policy

Feminist Foreign Policy: Key Principles & Accountability Mechanisms

Submission on the new International Development Policy

AFFPC Issues Paper Series

Peacebuilding and feminist foreign policy

Gender and Poverty as a Feminist Foreign Policy priority

The intersection of Human Rights and Feminist Foreign Policy

“That’s a bridge too far!” A Feminist Imperative for Infrastructure Investment

WPS in Afghanistan: Betrayal and Renewal

Furthering LGBTQI+ Inclusion and Rights through Feminist Foreign Policy

A Feminist Approach to Australian Overseas Development Assistance?




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Core Group Members

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Julie Ballangarry

Navanita Bhattacharya

Anila Aftab Schroers

Bridi Rice

PhD Candidate

School of Government and International Relations

Griffith University

Director – Inclusion, Justice and Transformation

Tetra Tech International Development

Strategic Lead Gender Justice

Oxfam Australia

 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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Leanne smith

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Dr Christine Agius

Leanne Smith

Madeleine Flint

Melissa Conley Tyler, FAIIA

Associate Professor Politics & IR

Swinburne University of Technology

 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

Martina Ucnikova

Research, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator




Kate’s List

PhD Candidate

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

She Runs


James Blackwell

Grant Wyeth

Jacqueline Zwambila

Dr Joyce Das

Research Fellow (Indigenous Diplomacy)

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


Contributing Author

The Diplomat

Strategic Advisor Strategic Partnerships


Executive Director and Founder

Go Equal


Alan Behm

Hayley Cull

Hemanshi Kumar

Dr. Annabel Dulhunty

Director, International and Security Affairs Program

The Australia Institute

Deputy CEO, Engagement

Plan International Australia

Project Lead and Advisor

Missing Perspectives

Academic and development practitioner


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Alice Ridge

Renee Cremer

Senior Research, Policy & Advocacy Advisor



Young Australians in International Affairs


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.

Organisational 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


Plan International Australia


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