The Advocacy and The Ecstasy:
A Year in the Life of an Ambassador for Women and Girls

Natasha Stott Despoja, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls


Washington, DC—On September 27, 2016, the WFPG hosted a breakfast discussion with Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott Despoja. Ambassador Despoja addressed the major challenges facing women and girls in Australia and worldwide—including gender-based discrimination and violence against women—and her experience combating them. She underscored the importance of gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and political participation, and also covered the role of public-private partnerships and collaboration between men and women as means to overcome barriers to equality. The event was moderated by WFPG President Patricia Ellis. 

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Patricia Ellis and Ambassador
Natasha Stott Despoja

Patricia Ellis, Ambassador Despoja, and Australian Deputy Chief of Mission,
Ambassador Caroline Millar

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Grant Edwards of the Australian Federal
Police asks a question

Natasha Stott Despoja during discussion


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Aarthy Madan with Member Anna Mary Portz

Lieutenant Colonel Michelle McGuiness of the
Australian Army participates in discussion


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Guest asks a question

Natasha Despoja and Patricia Ellis