Natasha Stott Despoja is the inaugural Chair of Our Watch, a national leader to prevent violence against women and their children. She will discuss how existing gender inequalities have been exacerbated during the COVID pandemic and the increase in violence against women.
Our Watch focuses on primary prevention: stopping violence before it occurs. Natasha argues Australia needs to continue to work on tackling the behaviours and attitudes that give rise to violence against women and their children.
From 2013-2016, Natasha was Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls responsible for the promotion of women's economic empowerment, women's leadership and the reduction of violence against women and girls.
She is Non Executive Director of Carries Beanies for Brain Cancer, the Australian Ballet and Global Citizen. She is a member of the ANU Council and an ambassador and patron of several organisations.
She lives in Adelaide with husband Ian and their two children Conrad and Cordelia.