Brought together by chance (and chai!), a group of four young women with unique and diverse skill-sets established The Global Women’s Project in 2013. These four women, Kate, Briony, Carmen and Lauren continue to form the core of the organisation. They’re daughters, sisters, nieces, aunts and a couple of them are mothers too! Together, they show an unwavering commitment to women’s rights and are committed to creating greater global gender equality.
Briony (CEO and Founding Director)
Briony holds a Masters Degree in International Development with a focus on gender and is driven by a commitment to seeing women and girls reach their full potential! She has recently returned to Melbourne from an extended stint overseas working with our international partners on education, livelihood and leadership programs for women. In recent years she has also worked in Southern Morocco with a local NGO on the establishment of an income-generating project for mothers of street-connected children, with the UN in Timor-Leste on gender programs, at the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and in the public health sector in Melbourne. In her spare time, Briony writes and performs music and poetry, blogs, practises yoga and meditation.
Kate (Founding Director, Cambodia Programs Manager)
Kate is a Founder and Board Director at The Global Women’s Project. She currently lives in Cambodia, working full time with World Vision and taking care of our Cambodia Programs portfolio. Kate holds a Bachelor of Business Management and a Master of International Development, including complementary studies through Harvard University’s Executive Training Program. Kate has a strong personal commitment to women’s rights and is committed to supporting the development and the empowerment of women across the world. She has a particular interest in development economics and youth livelihoods which is the focus of her full-time work as an Economic Development Consultant with World Vision. In her spare time Kate can be found scaling mountains, perfecting her long-boarding skills or surrounded by her books, acrylic paints and canvasses.
Carmen ((Wo)Manager and Head of Communications, Community Engagement and Fundraising)
Carmen is a (Wo)Manager of The Global Women’s Project after holding the Communications and Community Engagement portfolio since the organisation began. She has worked in media and communications at international women’s human rights organisation Equality Now in New York and, most recently, as a Project Worker at a Melbourne’s women’s health service helping to coordinate family violence service responses and has run several campaigns to prevent violence against women. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History and Indigenous Studies and a Master of International Relations with a focus on gender, human security and women’s roles in peacekeeping and conflict resolution. She believes strongly in harnessing the power of social media to further the rights of women and girls and to give a voice to those marginalised by mainstream media platforms. In her spare time she runs a grassroots discussion group focused on gender inequality, violence against women and breaking down gender stereotypes. Tea is her drink of choice and she’s a mindfulness meditation convert.
Lauren (Founding Member, Operations Support)
Outside GWP, Lauren currently runs her own corporate social responsibility consulting firm, Unite Consulting, specialising in corporate community partnerships, social impact assessment and corporate philanthropy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours, complete with double majors in International Development and Gender Studies, and she wrote her Honours thesis on the relationship between corporate social responsibility, ethical investment and improved working conditions for female garment workers in South East Asia. When she’s not busy with the above-mentioned endeavours, Lauren can be found working on her favourite project – raising her two small and cheeky children. She enjoys international travel, wining and dining, and hiding away with a good book. Lauren is an integral part of The Global Women’s Project team and one of the founding team members who brings a ripping skill set having worked in CSR, for-profit business and management.