Stephanie Woollard – Peace Fellow
Stephanie Woollard hails from Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the Uppsala Peace Center program in 2013.
In 2006, on a visit to Nepal when she was just 22 years old, she met up with seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tin shed. Disturbed by the injustice and isolation these women were facing, she spent her last $200 of travel money to pay two trainers to help up-skill the women and sell their products abroad. Since then Stephanie has devoted the past decade to changing the lives of disabled and marginalized women in Nepal. The organization that she created has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women and has helped more than 5,000 women in remote villages offering shelter, medical assistance and education.
Stephanie has received numerous awards for her work as Founder and CEO of the Seven Women project including one at the UN in October 2016 where she was one of eight business entrepreneurs selected from all over the world to receive the prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award from RI President John Germ. The inaugural Rotary Responsible Business Awards recognised the commitment of the winning individuals (six) and organisations (two) to using their time, material resources and hands-on assistance to address social and economic challenges locally and internationally.
As well, she received the Moral Fairground’s National ‘Most Ethical Enterprise Award 2014’, was a nominee for Australian of the Year 2016, and was recognised with a La Trobe University Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016.
Stephanie is now a member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne