District 23 recently gave its Centennial Recognition Award to Natasha Stott Despoja, AO.
Natasha’s service to women and girls is outstanding, as her resume indicates:
- The founding chair of Our Watch – the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children.
- Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls from 2013 to 2016.
- In 2018, she was named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy.
- Was a senator for South Australia for 13 years and former leader of the Australian Democrats.
- The youngest woman to enter the Australian Federal parliament.
- Served for two years on the World Bank Gender Advisory Council and was a member of a UN High Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents.
- In 2001 was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
- In 2011 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the Australian Parliament, education and as a role model for women.
- In 2019 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her international work.
Natasha was recently presented with her certificate by District 23 Governor Jane Adornetto at the District 23 Area 2 Centenary Celebration in Adelaide, South Australia.
Pictured left to right: Governor Jane Adornetto, Natasha Stott Despoja, AO, Area 2 Director Eronwy Edwards, Vice Area 2 Director Lynda A’Bear.