Rights work brings honour

Brigid Inder
Brigid Inder
When University of Otago graduate and gender justice campaigner Brigid Inder was recently awarded an OBE in Britain, she was in illustrious company, including American movie star and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.

Ms Inder is executive director of Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice, an international women's rights organisation, and is based in The Hague, in the Netherlands.

Recently named in the British Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday Honours list, she received the OBE for services to women's rights and international justice.

The OBE was ''very unexpected'' and ''really humbling'' Ms Inder said by email. Jolie had received an honorary damehood for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence.

Ms Inder initially lived in Queenstown and moved to Dunedin when she was aged 6. She attended Moreau College, becoming head girl in 1983.

She later gained an Otago bachelor of physical education degree.

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