Susanne Newton

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Susanne Newton

Darebin Councillor, Women's Melbourne Network Co-Founder, International Development Storyteller, VLGA Board Member, Feminist, Unionist

About Me

Susanne Newton is a Darebin Councillor, co-founder of Women’s Melbourne Network, an International Development Storyteller, a board member, a feminist and a unionist.

Her passions are equality, feminism, politics, progressive social change and development.

The first Greens Councillor elected to Darebin City Council, La Trobe Ward, Susanne sits on the most progressive council in the state. Susanne and her fellow councillors have led on changing the date of Australia Day, declaring a climate emergency, and proudly flying the rainbow flag for marriage equality over the Preston Town Hall.

Susanne is co-founder and co-convener of Women’s Melbourne Network (WMN), Melbourne’s leading grassroots feminist organisation, which aims to build a more feminist Melbourne. WMN hosts a regular feminist book club, Feminist Friday discussion night, a popular blog and special events.

As International Development Storyteller at the Institute for Human Security and Social Change at La Trobe University, Susanne is proud to be part of a small team working towards enabling social change both in Australia and internationally.

Susanne also sits on the board of the VLGA, is co-convener of the Victorian Greens Women’s Network, and a branch committee member of the NTEU at La Trobe University.

Prior to entering local government, Susanne worked for UN Women and the Australian Red Cross in Kenya and Uganda, the Government of Japan, the National University of Samoa and the University of the South Pacific. At UN Women, Susanne launched the HeForShe program in Uganda, worked with female Ugandan politicians and South Sudanese refugee women. Her favourite country is Samoa, where she spent a year as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development.


Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and Political Science), The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts Honours (First Class, English Literature), The University of Melbourne
Master of Business IT (Distinction), RMIT University

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