Advocate & Activist
Lawyer, feminist scholar, gender equality activist
Advocacy, Community Service and Engagement, Feminist Policy and Politics, Women’s Affairs, Gender, Governance, International Development and Issues, Law and Justice, Leadership, Participatory Democracy, Public Service, Government, Public Policy, Relationships, Social Justice and Human Rights, Voluntary Work
Jane Alver is an Australian lawyer, activist, PhD student and gender equality advocate.
Jane has worked as a private sector and public sector lawyer in Australia, England and Kiribati for 20 years and is an admitted solicitor in all three jurisdictions. She has been a senior public servant for the Attorney General and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia. Whilst at the Department for Employment, she represented Australia at the International Labour Organisation.
She has worked in the international development space, providing technical assistance and training and legislative reform assistance on behalf of the Australian government in Australia, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Nauru, PNG, Federated States of Micronesia, and Fiji.
Jane has worked in women’s policy for government in Australia and in England with a specific focus on women’s leadership. She has published on increasing the number of women on boards and increasing the number of women in local government.
Jane has been active in the YWCA for more than 25 years, at the local, national and global levels. Jane was a YWCA delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women in 2015. She is a life member of YWCA Canberra and YWCA Australia.
Jane has served as a Director of the YWCA Australia National Board, Chair of a school board, and Director of QE2 private hospital helping families and young children. She has served as the President of the Women Lawyers Association NSW, President YWCA Canberra, Vice President YWCA Sydney, Director Australian Youth Policy & Action Coalition and the legislative adviser for the Australian National Council for Women.
She holds degrees in Government and Law from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Women’s Studies from Oxford. Her current PhD research focus is on feminist civil society and its impact on advances towards regional gender equality. She is a Research Assistant with the 5050 by 2030 Foundation.