Writer, Feminist, Political advocate, Lawyer, Mum.
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Tanja is a writer, lawyer & political advocate for human rights, especially for women and children.
Tanja began her career as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon acting in several high profile human rights cases, including as part of the legal team assisting Amnesty International in the MV Tampa case. She was heavily involved in lobbying for the Victorian Charter of Human Rights & Responsibilities. In 2009, she founded Human Rights are Aussie Rules, a national human rights education program teaching young people about freedom, respect, equality & dignity through sport.
Tanja is currently Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Women and Family Violence Prevention, where she has overseen the development of the state’s first Gender Equality Strategy, the Royal Commission into Family Violence and development of a primary prevention strategy.
She is a Director & National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia, a financial, political and personal support network for pro-choice, progressive women candidates and MPs. Tanja’s writing has appeared in The Age, The Daily Telegraph, The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Punch, Crikey and more.
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