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