Natasha Stott Despoja AO portrait photo

We’re starting off our ‘Inspirational people from the West’ with one of the greatest role models for woman of our time. Natasha Stott Despoja AO needs no introduction. She has single-handedly achieved more for women and children since 1995 than many would achieve in two lifetimes.

We’re honoured to have her living right here in the western suburbs where she and her husband Ian enjoy raising their two children.

She has a list of achievements that would stretch from the city to the coast:

  • The youngest woman to enter the Australian Federal Parliament in 1995

  • Founding Chair of Our Watch (the organisation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children)

  • Australia’s Global Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013-2016)

  • In 2018, named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy

  • Last year was elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations as a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

  • 2021 National Award Winner in ‘The Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership'.

As one of South Australia’s “100 Most Inspiring Women of All Time”, we’re extremely proud to present Natasha as our first inaugural post in the ‘Inspirational people from the West’ series.

Click here to see Natasha's complete list of achievements: