CEO, Gender Equity Australia (GEN VIC)
Tanja is a writer, lawyer, philanthropist and director of her own communication, leadership and justice consultancy, Kovac & Co. Above all she is a committed feminist advocate with over 20 years’ experience in women-based organising and extensive not-for-profit and advocacy experience. Her writing and analysis on gender, politics and social policy has featured in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, Crikey, New Matilda, The Drum, The Punch and she is regularly featured on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Tanja began her career as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon acting in a number of high-profile human rights cases, including as part of the legal team assisting Amnesty International in the MV Tampa case. In 2009, she founded Human Rights are Aussie Rules, a national education program teaching young people about freedom, respect, equality and dignity through sport, working alongside the AFL and others.
In 2015 Tanja was Senior Advisor to Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence, the late Fiona Richardson, and is well versed in all aspects of governance, strategic and operational planning, financial and legal compliance. As a second generation migrant woman, Tanja has a personal understanding of health consequences of new arrivals to Australia and is committed to multi-disciplinary, holistic health and advocacy for women, and other human rights.