Who we are: The Australian Feminist Foreign Policy Coalition, 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: 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 10 countries which have formally adopted feminist foreign policy: Sweden, France, Canada, Luxembourg, Mexico, Spain, Libya, Germany and the Netherlands.

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.

Our goal: An Australian feminist foreign policy would place gender equality as the central goal of 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





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

Martina Ucnikova

Research, Policy & Advocacy Coordinator




Kate’s List

PhD Candidate

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

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James Blackwell

Grant Wyeth

Jacqueline Zwambila

Dr Joyce Das

Research Fellow (Indigenous Diplomacy)

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



The Diplomat

Consultant and Women Peace & Security Advisor,

Go Equal

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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Julie Ballangarry

PHD Candidate,

School of Government and International Relations, Griffith 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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AFFPC Newsletter: Updates, Events and Analysis

March Newsletter

May Newsletter

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


Plan International Australia


Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA