Meet Plan International Australia's Ambassadors
Jan Fran is a journalist and TV presenter. She hosts The Feed on SBSVICELAND, where she makes the news funny. Jan writes, directs and produces everything from long-form documentaries to sketch comedy segments for the show.
Jan Fran began her career as an SBS cadet and has shot and produced stories from all over the world for SBS World News and Dateline, often travelling solo. She was nominated for a Young Walkley award for a three-part series she shot on women in Uganda.
Jan is one of a handful of Australian journalists who was allowed into Nauru to cover the re-opening of Australia’s off-shore detention centre. In 2010, she moved to Bangladesh where she spent one year living in Dhaka and working as a communications specialist. She speaks three languages.
Mimi Elashiry is a model, fashion blogger and dancer from Sydney, Australia. She rose to fame using the social media platform Instagram, where she has close to one million followers.
Mimi is a host on MTV Australia and a familiar face at Australian Fashion Week. She has modelled for Sass & Bide, Teen Vogue, Ellery, Zimmerman and Camilla, among many other well-known labels.
Mimi is classically trained in dance and has worked with international choreographers in Los Angeles. Mimi is passionate about gender equality and working towards a just world for girls around the globe.
Steve Biddulph is a psychologist who has worked with families for more than 30 years. His books - including Raising Boys, The New Manhood, Raising Girls, and 10 Things Girls Need Most - are read in four million homes and 32 languages. He now focuses on the mental health crises affecting girls and young women, and hosts a Facebook community of 170,000 professionals and parents worldwide discussing these issues. Now retired, he continues to write and teach. He is a dad, and a granddad.
Meet Plan International Australia's Youth Ambassadors
Aretha Stewart-Brown, 16, is a Melbourne-based Indigenous activist from the Gumbangirr clan in Nambucca Heads.
In 2017, Aretha was nominated by 60 peers at the National Youth Parliament 2017 in Canberra to become the first ever female indigenous Prime Minister of Australia. She is a graduate of Plan International’s Youth Activist Series.
Aretha has used her activism skills to lead talks on Indigenous rights issues for the ACTU, Landcare, Minus 18, The University of Melbourne, Jesuit Social Services, One Tree Foundation, Australian College of International Surgeons and at Invasion Day and NAIDOC marches in Melbourne.
Aretha was selected as one of only four high school students to appear on ABC Q&A’s special high school panel in June 2017 and appears in a new ABC TV documentary about Australia’s up-and-coming new female leaders.
Caitlin Figueiredo, 21, is a passionate changemaker eager to shift the dial toward equality and empowerment. In 2016, Caitlin won the Young Leader Category in Westpac/AFR ‘Australia's 100 Most Influential Women’. She is an Obama White House Changemaker for Gender Equity.
She was chosen to represent Australia at the United Nations as one of the youngest members of the UN Task Force on Youth Development and Gender Equality.
Caitlin is a small business owner, an Australian Youth Affairs Coalition Board Member and an Ambassador to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. She is currently studying a double degree in Law (Hon) and Development from ANU.
Jacqueline Rousselot, 17, is a Youth Activist for Plan International Australia. She was born in Sydney but grew up alternating between schools in France and Australia. She is a Year 12 student and Lead Cadet for the Royal Australian Air Force Cadets.
She is passionate about human rights and activism, is involved in the Amnesty International Higher Committee at her school, and is a volunteer at the St Vincent De Paul Society. She has been involved in many actions for social change as a panellist and activist. She is also a young filmmaker and actress.