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Award-Winning Gender Equality Activist Challenging the Status Quo

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What kind of world do you want to live in?

Described by Forbes as a “youthful visionary” Ashleigh Streeter-Jones is a writer, speaker, activist, and the founder of Raise Our Voice Australia, an initiative to boost the number of diverse young female and non-binary voices in public decision making.

Launched in 2020, 76 young people from across the country have completed the training program. This was supported by leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. In 2021, she launched the Raise Our Voice in Parliament campaign, which partnered with MPs and Senators across the country to read speeches written by a young person from their electorate. Over 600 speeches were submitted by young people across the country.

Ashleigh started her career with VGen, World Vision Australia’s youth movement, and as the Victorian State Director, was a pivotal driver in the campaign that got child labour on the G20 agenda for the first time in history. Following this, she was appointed the inaugural National Director of Campaigns.

Ashleigh co-founded the Girls Takeover Parliament program in 2017, for which she was named the youngest ever ACT Woman of the Year and Forbes 30 Under 30 listee.

In 2017, Ashleigh ran Young Australians in International Affairs’ annual Future 21 conference, and is an alumnus of the Foundation for Young Australians Young Social Pioneers program. In 2019, she assumed the Chair of the Women’s March Canberra, organizing and co-hosting the annual event as part of the global movement for gender equality.

Ashleigh has delivered workshops at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, and advocated for gender equality internationally, including at the United Nations and the YWCA World Council. In 2019, she was recognised as one of Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ashleigh is the former Vice-President of YWCA Canberra and former Deputy Curator of the Canberra Global Shapers Hub (now a proud member of the Melbourne Shapers Hub). In 2021, was selected as one of 50 young global leaders to attend Davos at the World Economic Forum, and has had her writing published by organisations including the IMF.

Ashleigh holds a BA(Hons) in International Relations / Politics, and a Masters in Diplomacy from ANU.

Talking Points

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Everyone has a role in creating the world they want to live in. It's not news to anyone that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a more unequal world.

If we don’t work to close some of these gaps in our recovery plan, we risk leaving a substantial number of people behind. If we don’t work to close these gaps, we risk entrenching these patterns for generations. The window for action is open, but we have to move quickly. Learn from Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, seasoned activist and change maker, about the role each person can play to create a more equal world.

Through this talk, Ashleigh tells the story of her passion for equality, outlines the problem at hand, and takes the listener through how they can be the change they wish to see in the world.

Girls don’t do that.

We can't move forward if over 50% of our population are held behind.

Here, today, in 2022, there is no country in the world where women are equal to their male counterparts. There are countless examples that can be given - the stubborn gender pay gap, the gender breakdown of boards of major companies, the gender breakdown of our parliaments, or even the systems of power that function to keep women in second place. But the thing is, when we invest in women, everyone wins. Learn from Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, an internationally recognised and award-winning gender activist about the importance of gender equality.

Through this talk, Ashleigh tells the story of the first moment she experienced gender equality at just four years old, outlines the problem at hand, and takes the listener through the ways in which they can uplift young women, acting to create a more equal future.

It's time for a second female Prime Minister

In a democracy, it’s critical that our political and public service institutions reflect us as a population so they can create the best outcomes possible.

The conversation about women in politics is one that has gripped the nation for years. But often overlooked in this discussion is the importance on investing in young women, who are not just the leaders of tomorrow, but who are here, leading, today. Learn from Ashleigh Streeter-Jones, an internationally recognised and award-winning gender activist about the importance of getting the next generation of diverse young women in politics and policy.

Through this talk, Ashleigh shares her five years experience working to increase the presence of young women in politics, outlines the importance of investing in young women as leaders on the forefront of social change, and takes the listener through the ways in which they can uplift young women in politics, acting to create a more equal future.
Ashleigh Streeter was on my Achieve Fest speaker wish-list since day one. She is an incredible example of how to create a life of passion, purpose and service. So I was super excited when Ash agreed to join a live panel discussion at Prince's Trust Australia's final Achieve Fest event for the year. Ash inspired hundreds of students, educators and caretakers as she shared her insights on how to navigate a nonlinear career. Her humility, authenticity and ability to draw from personal experience with humour resonated deeply with the audience. Ashleigh’s messaging was clear and perfectly tailored to the audience - it’s no surprise that we received an influx of positive feedback and gratitude from those who attended the session. Thank you once again for helping us to transform lives, and prepare the next generation with the mindsets, skills and capabilities they will need to thrive in this rapidly changing world. Princes Trust Australia

It was incredible to have Ashleigh facilitate as part of the ASEAN Australia Strategic Youth Partnership's Digital Dialogues weekend in August 2021. Digital Dialogues saw youth from across the ASEAN and Australia come together to discuss and write recommendations around three pressing issues: Green Recovery, Balancing Diversity and Emerging Economies. Ashleigh facilitated in the stream of Balancing Diversity as part of the Dialogues. Imbuing the room with her experiences in the field of intersectionality, Ashleigh was an invaluable facilitator who excellently and smoothly ensured Delegate's voices transitioned from ideation to practical recommendations.

ASEAN- Australia Strategic Youth Partnership

Ashleigh brings passionate energy to all that she does, both virtually and in person. She is a strong asset in presenting and a powerful yet relatable speaker. Her ability to moderate a discussion and bring together different ideas into one cohesive discussion is invaluable. Ashleigh is an active advocate in her desire for diversity which is a great reminder to organisers delivering events. I would love to engage her again for any speaking engagements.


Ashleigh brings an incredible presence of strength and empathy to every situation I’ve had the privilege of being in with her. She has immense knowledge about campaigning and advocacy which shone through in a workshop she ran for 15 high school students in my Young Trailblazers program. Ashleigh was able to communicate complex ideas in a way that was engaging, relevant and relatable. She is a young trailblazer in her own right and always seems able to bring unique and insightful perspectives to complex challenges.

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