Class of 1998
Sarah’s career has centred around advancing womens rights.
(Class of 1998) was first exposed to poverty and inequality in 1995, as a fifteen-year-old student on the CGGS Chinese study tour. The world never quite seemed the same again.
With a continuing motivation to understand the causes and consequences of both, Sarah’s career has centred around advancing women’s rights in Australia and overseas.
Sarah is a gender equality policy specialist, Founder and Principal of The Gender Agency, and a Practitioner Fellow at Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre.
She has worked as a diplomat, development practitioner, women’s rights activist and researcher for the Australian government (AusAID and DFAT), the United Nations, international NGOs and women’s rights organisations. Roles that have seen her posted to Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Nepal, China and Timor-Leste.
Sarah is highly passionate about the potential of feminist foreign policies to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy and national security decision-making.
This year, Sarah was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship for Victoria to advance feminist foreign policy in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School where she will sharpen her policy and leadership skills to address the global challenge of gender inequality.
She will use her Fulbright Scholarship to build academic, practitioner and policy linkages between the US and Australia. Sarah will also create an Institute for Feminist Foreign Affairs to advance women’s rights and their representation in foreign policy, international development and national security decision-making and leadership in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious and competitive fellowship programs in the world and we wish Sarah the best of luck in her scholarship.