Ludo McFerran

Research Assistant

The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Ludo McFerran has been an activist in the Australian domestic violence sector since 1978. She has worked in most aspects of the sector and was the first chair of the national peak body. She pioneered policy on support systems to enable women and children to stay safely in their homes, and the introduction of domestic violence rights and entitlements in Australian industrial and discrimination instruments. These rights, including paid domestic violence leave, now protect over 2 million workers: innovative practice recognised by the United Nations at CSW 57. Ludo is a foundation member of the International Domestic Violence at Work Network, contributing to an International Labour Organisation proposed Gender Based Violence international labour standard that includes domestic violence. In 2015 she was awarded the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award by the Australian Human Rights Commission. She is currently attached to the Women and Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School.

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