Dr Anu Mundkur is a passionate advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. In 2007 she co-founded the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, and has served as its Associate Director until 2017. She is currently working at the Australian Council for International Development as the Civil Society Liaison (seconded to the Australian Civil-Military Centre).
Anu has worked for over 15 years in the field of gender and development, including nearly eight years working, in different roles, on gender projects funded by Australia Aid in the Indo-Pacific region. Anu works both nationally and internationally (specific focus on the Asia Pacific region) and contributes to teaching core topics in undergraduate and post graduate programs in development studies and international relations. Anu’s research areas of expertise include women peace and security; women’s representation, participation and leadership in politics; feminist approaches to international relations; gender women and international aid. She is the author of two books and currently sits on influential national committees advising decision-makers on gender inclusive policies and practices.
Her leadership in driving social change includes her nomination to the South Australian Premier’s Council for Women which provides high-level policy advice to the Premier and Minister for the Status of Women to ensure that the interests and needs of women are at the forefront of government policies and strategies. As the interim Chair of the Academics Stand Against Poverty (Oceania) Executive Committee, she is co-ordinating a national poverty audit engaging researchers to enhance their impact on poverty. As the Former Chair of UN Women Australia’s Adelaide Chapter and Former Board Member of UN Women Australia, she has contributed to challenging attitudes which perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and the region.
In recognition of her leadership, Anu was inducted into South Australia’s Women’s Honour Roll in 2015, which every two years recognises up to thirty women in the State who promote an inclusive community based on principles of equality, peace and justice.