16 October, 2015
Congratulations to our very own Inclusive Development Director, Dr Kirsty Thompson and the other nominees in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence Awards 2015.
Kirsty was nominated as one of 10 most influential woman in the Global category for her work in strengthening Australia’s Aid program through disability-inclusive development. The award ceremony was held last night in Sydney, with organisers selecting one winner from each of the 10 categories.
Kirsty’s early lived experience of disability, having been born with club-feet, contributed strongly to her understanding and approaches towards disability-inclusive development. She studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney and at a very early point in her career focused on the social and economic exclusion generally faced by people living with disability.
Kirsty joined CBM in 2005, bringing a unique combination of academic knowledge, practical experience and extraordinary passion. Kirsty’s influential role in strengthening CBM Australia’s advocacy, and the creation of the ‘Australian Disability and Development Consortium’ (ADDC), were foundational to the launch of Australia’s first ‘Development for All’ Strategy in 2008; re-launched by the Hon Julie Bishop in 2015.
Since 2008 ‘Development for All’ has created enormous strength in Australia’s Aid Program, ensuring people with disability, who make up 20 per cent of the world’s poorest people, are included in international development efforts.
Today, Kirsty continues to fight for change and ensure people with disability are being intentionally included in and are contributing to development and poverty alleviation strategies.
The 100 Women of Influence Awards identify and celebrate bold, energetic women who capture the spirit of progress, helping shape a vibrant, inclusive, economic and social future for Australia. Congratulations to Kirsty and to all the women who were recognised for their achievements and contributions to our society helping shape a vibrant, inclusive, economic and social future for Australia – and its role in the global community.