Women and Politics - New Israel Fund Australia

Tanya Plibersek is the shadow minister for education and training and federal member for Sydney. During the 45th parliament, Tanya held the position of deputy leader of the opposition and deputy leader of the federal parliamentary Labor party. Tanya was previously the shadow minister for foreign affairs and international development in the 44th parliament. In government, Tanya was minister for health. Her other ministerial appointments have included minister for medical research, minister for social inclusion, minister for human services, minister for the status of women, and minister for housing.
Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Tanya holds a BA communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a master of politics and public policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the domestic violence unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. She was first elected to federal parliament as the member for Sydney in 1998. Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children.

Zehava Galon is President of Zulat. She was a Member of the Israeli Knesset for 16 years, including six years as Chair of the Meretz party. Galon is known for her commitment to human rights, women's rights, and ending the occupation. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Movement for Quality Government in Israel award, the Ometz Prize for her struggle for social justice, the LGBT Community Award for her fight for equal rights for the community, the Medal of the Fight Against Human Trafficking, the Mahatma Gandhi Prize, the B’Tselem organization’s President Carter Award for Human Rights, and the American Council of Jewish Women’s Promising Women's Award. Since leaving the Knesset, Galon has continued her public activities, writes a weekly column in the Haaretz newspaper, and is a regular guest on current affairs shows.

Debbie Whitmont is an award winning journalist, author and former Middle East correspondent for the ABC. Among other awards, Debbie has won two Walkley Awards for her work on the ABC’s Four Corners and is a three time winner of the Human Rights Commission award for TV for her investigations into the plight of asylum seekers and Indigenous affairs.