#CSW60Aus Delegate Profiles

Civil Society Delegates on the Australian Government Delegation to CSW60

Anu Mundkur

Anu Mundkur

Australian Civil Society Delegate

Anu Mundkur is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Her extensive practical experience in the field of gender and development, women’s leadership and empowerment, informs her applied research, consultancy and teaching practice.

In 2007 she co-founded the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, and has since served as its Associate Director. Her responsibilities include designing and facilitating capacity development programs on gender sensitive policy-making, implementation and evaluation as well as research and consultancy on gender inclusive good governance, women’s roles in peacebuilding and post conflict reconstruction. Since 2008 she has trained and mentored over 100 emerging leaders (women and men) from developing countries (Cambodia, China, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Liberia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste , Uganda, Vietnam and Vanuatu) on best practice in ensuring women’s leadership in policy making and socio-economic development. She is currently co-leading two year project addressing violence against women in Vietnam.

Anu co-teaches and manages the core topics in the Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Analysis, offered by Flinders University which, in 2011, received a national citation (team) from the Office for Teaching and Learning (Government of Australia) for outstanding contributions to student learning and enabling them to become agents for social change.

Anu has co-authored Peace and Security: Implications for Women and co- edited Information Technology, Development, and Social Change (both published in 2012) and co-authored a chapter titled ‘The dialectics of power and powerlessness in transnational feminist networks: Reframing citizenship in the global use of ICTs,’ in Rawwida Baksh and Wendy Harcourt (eds) Handbook on Transnational Feminist Movements: Knowledge, Power and Social Change in 2014.

Anu’s leadership in driving social change includes her nomination to the Premier’s Council for Women which provides high-level policy advice to the Premier and Minister for the Status of Women, to ensure that the interests and needs of women are at the forefront of government policies and strategies. As the interim Chair of the Academics Stand Against Poverty (Oceania) Executive Committee, she co-ordinated a national poverty audit engaging researchers to enhance their impact on poverty. As the Former Chair of UN Women Australia’s Adelaide Chapter and Former Board Member of UN Women Australia, she has contributed to challenging attitudes which perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and the region.

In recognition of her leadership, in November 2015 Anu was inducted into South Australia’s Women’s Honour Roll, which recognises 30 women each year from the State who are working to promote an inclusive community based on principles of equality, peace and justice.

Sarah Boyd

Sarah Boyd

Australian Civil Society Delegate

Sarah Boyd is a passionate gender equality and women’s rights advocate specialising in international gender policy, Women, Peace and Security, Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Gender Based Violence in international development, conflict and humanitarian settings.

In February 2016, Sarah began a role as Gender Adviser to the Nyein (Shalom) Foundation in Myanmar, supporting their women, peace and security work to enhance women’s participation and gender inclusion in Myanmar’s peace process. Sarah has been deployed by the Australian Civilian Corps through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for 2016.

In 2014, Sarah founded The Gender Agency, a specialist consultancy providing advice to, and advancing partnerships between, civil society, governments and the UN. Since establishing The Gender Agency, she has designed a gender justice program strategy for Oxfam Australia’s, worked on the Interim review of Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and led a review for IPPF on the Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies Initiative (SPRINT). She has also authored a range of publications for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on gender equality, including Empowering Women, Women, Peace and Security: DFAT’s implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Safe Home, Safe Community: Australia’s commitment to ending all forms of violence against women and girls.

Sarah has worked on developing policies, designing and implementing programs as well as undertaking research and advocacy on women’s rights with civil society organisations, human rights defenders, research institutions and international organisations in Pakistan, Nepal, India, China, Tibet, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines,  Timor-Leste and Myanmar. In 2015, Sarah was appointed an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Monash University’s newly established Gender, Peace and Security Centre. As a Gender, Peace and Security Specialist at the Athena Consortium, Sarah support’s Athena’s work to advance to role of women and gender perspectives in peace processes.

Following a Masters thesis on women’s peacebuilding in Nepal in 2007, Sarah joined former AusAID’s Gender Policy Section managing the aid program’s Women, Peace and Security and coordinating gender equality issues across UN partnerships. Sarah later served with AusAID as First Secretary at the Australian High Commission in Pakistan from 2010-11, overseeing the humanitarian program response and donor coordination following the 2010 monsoon floods, as well as managing the health and education portfolios.

In 2012, Sarah moved from government to manage Oxfam Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan – focused on eliminating gender based violence and ensuring gender sensitive humanitarian responses. Sarah has also consulted to the Institute of Human Rights Communication in Nepal (IHRICON) as a Human Rights and GBV Advisor, the University of Melbourne as a Development Studies Tutor and worked at UNHCR in Geneva (Peacebuilding and Livelihoods Section). During her research she co-authored Sexual Violence in the People’s War – The Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Girls (IHRICON/Save the Children, Nepal).

Sarah holds a Master of Development Studies (Gender and Peacebuilding), a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Gender and Development), a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Chinese) from the University of Melbourne. Sarah is a Gender Equality Specialist on the Australian Civilian Corps and the Australian government’s Post Disaster Recovery Team and on the Steering Committee of the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security. She is a proud member of the oldest women’s peace organisation in the world, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Australia.

LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjaneboyd

You can follow Sarah here: @thegenderagency

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Delegate to CSW60

Vicky Welgraven

Vicky Welgraven

National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Delegate

In 2016, Vicky was chosen by the NATSIWA Board as their representative to attend the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman, from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. Vicky has always been passionate about Aboriginal women’s rights, reconciliation and education of the wider community about her culture.

Vicky is currently the South Australian Representative on the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) Board. NATSIWA was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process. She was nominated to this position in recognition of her passion, dedication and leadership in advancing Aboriginal women’s issues.

Vicki is currently working as a Senior Project Office for the South Australian Department for Health and Ageing. She has been instrumental in the creation of the South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance, including lobbying Ministers in South Australia and in Canberra to highlight the gaps in services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

From 2011 to 2014, she held the position of Chairperson of Nunga Mi:Minar - a family violence service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in Adelaide SA. In July 2015, she was awarded a Gladys Elphick Award for “excellence in service for women, community and sport” and in November 2015, inducted into the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll as a ‘strong advocate and ambassador for aboriginal women rights”.

Reconciliation in Australia is another of Vicky’s passions. In November 2015, in recognition of her experience and work on these issues, she was appointed as a board member of Reconciliation South Australia Committee.  Vicki also highlights that a personal achievement toward the goals of reconciliation was the introduction of acknowledgment of country to meetings of the Outer Army Supporter Group (an unofficial supporter group of the Port Adelaide Football Club).  In December 2015 she was voted in as a committee member on the Port Adelaide Cheer squad Committee, where she continues to promote reconciliation.

Vicky is eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to the Commission on the Status of Women and delighted by the opportunity to participate in a Side Event to discuss issues, challenges and achievements relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

You can follow Vicki on Twitter: @VickWelly