In everything we do, we need to seek out opportunities to go further on gender equality and social inclusion…

When I was in high school, I campaigned for girls to be allowed to wear trousers as part of the school uniform and I have been working on issues of gender equality and social inclusion ever since. I have worked at AusAID then the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for over 14 years, including as a senior executive. As well as gender equality and social inclusion, I have focused on  aid effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation, and education. 

 I was posted to New York 2014-17, representing Australia at the United Nations, working on gender, human rights, humanitarian response. disability inclusion, health and education. I was also part of the team representing  Australia during the negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals and have negotiated many high level agreements.

As DFAT’s Principal Sector Specialist for Gender Equality (2017- 2019) I focused on ending violence against women, improving women’s economic empowerment and advancing women’s leadership and meaningful participation, including in peace and security processes. In my experience, recognizing and unpacking systems of power and privilege are essential, and need to be backed by good data and robust M&E, accountability for results, and inclusive consultation. Also critical is the willingness to walk the talk and advance inclusion within our own structures. 

I’ve taken the leap out of the Australian Public Service to focus on writing, research and consulting. I’ll be concentrating on gender equality and social inclusion, feminist foreign policy, human rights, social justice and public policy,  and  international development. I love questioning assumptions to reframe ideas and identify new approaches, as well as helping individuals and institutions problem solve by harnessing diversity, inclusion and accountability. Whether it’s a small contribution up front to get things right, or helping think through a complex issue, I’m interested in finding inclusive solutions. 

I live in Canberra which is Ngunnawal Country and was never ceded – I pay my respects to Elders past, present and future.

I live with my partner, two giant children and Leslie the Dog.

If you’re interested in working or collaborating with me, please get in touch via amyvhaddad (at)


Leslie the Dog.





To advance inclusion we need to unpack systems of power and privilege…