Emily Milton Smith
- Age: 31
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We must raise our ambitions to lift up and empower the world’s girls and women to make generational change. The scale of transformation needed requires us all to act now and rally for gender equality, equity, and justice. Together, we can and must undo barriers that halt progress.
- Emily Milton Smith
Emily Milton Smith was born and raised in Australia. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at The University of Sydney and has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction, specializing in History and Women and Gender Studies. As a Manager of Governance and Programs and Executive Assistant to the CEO at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia, Emily manages governance, risk, and accountability frameworks, processes, systems, and programs with key regulatory, policy, and compliance oversight. She provides secretariat support to two boards, seven committees, and high-level executive and policy support to nine affiliate organizations, delivering high-profile strategic projects with brand and marketing activities. As a Director at Girl Guides NSW, ACT, and NT, Emily provides high-level leadership and oversight for organizational governance, including risk and financial management, where she contribute deep brand and strategy experience to drive strong stakeholder and market engagement.
Additionally, Emily is a committee member of Sydney International Women’s Day (IWD), UN Women Australia, advisor and young leader on Dove Self-Esteem Project’s Young Leaders Advisory Council, an honorary associate at Girl Guides Australia, and member of a consultation and reference group for The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. She holds another number of volunteer roles focused on women, gender policy, and youth policy.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Being born a girl and realizing the different and unequal ways my friends and I were treated in comparison to our brothers. Being told I was less than and less capable simply because of my gender. It ignited a fire in me that took years to name: justice, fairness, equality.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I spearheaded several education initiatives designed to empower girls and young women to advocate decision-makers and take action in their communities, including the Stop the Violence campaign. This impact built upon my advocacy at the United Nations, where I was instrumental in securing recognition of girls’ rights in gender-based violence.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy continuing to grow and learn: about myself, the people around me, and the world I live in. This includes trying new things in the kitchen, visiting new places, and consuming as much art, film, and culture as I can.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Elementary)
- Spanish (Elementary)
- girls' rights to education and leadership opportunities
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Bachelor of Art Theory – First Class Honors
- Queen's Young Leaders Programme
- Anti-Slavery Australia's e-learning Course on Modern Slavery
- Stop the Violence 'Voices Against Violence' Curriculum Global Training Program/Certificate of Completion
- The Free Being Me Global Training Program with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
- The Order of Australia Association Youth Community Service Award, Dove Self-Esteem Project Young Leaders Advisory Council
- Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to represent 10 million Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (2015 and 2013)
- Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (2014)