Your Officers

Women’s Officer

The Women’s Officer is the official representative of the Department and is available to provide support, referrals and advocacy within the ANU and wider community. Avan Daruwalla is the Women’s Officer in 2022. She will represent your interests at ANU and ANUSA meetings, provide support and referrals to professional services you may need, and facilitate events and campaigns throughout the year.

Avan Daruwalla (she/her/hers)

Hi everyone! My name is Avan (pronounced ah-vah) and I’m going into my 4th year of a PPE/Development Studies double degree and I am originally from Sydney, with an Indian background. This is my second year as Women’s Officer and it has been an absolute rollercoaster! I love the opportunity to learn so much more about advocacy, prevention and response and radical feminism. I like to use my down time to hunt for fun second hand clothes, plan events, facetime my dog and lay in the grass with friends. I have been involved with the Women’s Department since my first week at ANU and it has been the most welcoming, supportive and engaged committee and collective. I’m super excited for another wonderful year ahead and looking forward to working towards a more safe, welcoming and supportive university environment. I’m always here for you, so if you ever have any thoughts, ideas, questions, concerns or feel like a chat – please email me at and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

Image description: a smiling woman (Avan) wearing a peach coloured top, jeans and a black jacket stands on a balcony at night holding a white handrail in front of a dark brown wall

Deputy Women’s Officers

The Deputy Women’s Officers provide support to the Women’s Officer and advocate for the members of the Department. Elodie de Rover and Stella Leonardi are the Deputies in 2022. They will take leadership and responsibility of the development and running of the Collective (the active members of the Department). You can contact them at

Stella Leonardi (she/they)

My name is Stella, I use she/they pronouns, and I’m so thrilled to be one of your Women’s Department deputies for 2022! I’m about to start the third year of my Law and Environmental Science degrees. My majors are Quantitative Environmental Modelling and Climate Science, so, predictably, I’m a nerd about nature and strongly believe that there is no such thing as too many houseplants. 
I can’t wait to continue the work of the department and run events to suit as many people as possible. I’m really passionate about building a strong sense of community within the Collective, and want to do what I can to make ANU a safer place to live and study.

Image description: a smiling Stella wearing a black and white shirt sits in front of a piece of Indigenous art and collection of indoor plants, they hold a tiny King Charles Cavalier puppy who looks up at their face adoringly.

Elodie de Rover (she/her)

My name is Elodie (she/her) and I’m so excited to be one of your deputies for 2022! I’m currently in my second year of a PPE degree and first year of Law and am originally from the south coast of NSW. I love theatre, cooking, jalapeños on everything, really great winter coats, anything by Jane Austen and my Schitt’s Creek impressions are pretty uncanny (if I can say so myself!). I am a huge fan of the work done, the community nurtured and the culture created by the ANU Women’s Department. It’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to be involved in making our university safer, more supportive and a space where everyone can learn and flourish. I can already foresee our wonderful Collective being the highlight of this role and I commit to strengthening and supporting its members however I can. I love all kinds of conversations from the deep and meaningful to the light and sugary, so if you see me around campus, please come and say hi!

Image description: a smiling Elodie wearing a black top and white pants laughs in front of two pink, orange, purple and blue paintings by Sophie Tea Art.


The WD Committee consists of the three Officers and the Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media Officer and Website/Design Editor. Our wonderful committee helps look after the Department and create a positive collective community through social events, collective meetings and our online space.

Secretary – Phoebe Denham

Hey there! I’m Phoebe and I use she/her pronouns, and I’m super excited to be Secretary this year! I’m a fourth year student and I love to bake, play guitar (strictly for an audience of 1: me) and go for a run. I’m looking forward to helping the Department run some great events this year and continue its awesome work supporting and advocating for women and non-binary students at the ANU. Peace!

Image description: a smiling Phoebe wearing a blue dress stands with her arms behind her back in front of a wall of green leaves.

Treasurer – Destiny Harding

Hello!! I’m Destiny and it’s so exciting to be back as the Women’s Department Treasurer for 2022! I’m in my fourth year of a double degree of Asian Studies and Arts – Digital Humanities and Linguistics majors (ish) – as well as a Diploma of Languages (Advanced Korean minor) on the side. I’ve grown up in Canberra and, as you might be able to tell from my areas of study, I’m a big fan of languages and different culture-related subjects. I spend too much of my time reading things and bouncing between a variety of hobbies. I also have a very cute pet dog!
I’m really looking forward to this year with the lovely Departmental collective and can’t wait for what our collective has in store! If you see me around on campus – I tend to hang around Griffin CR or Otto’s for their coffee hehe – I’m always happy to talk :]

Image description: a smiling Destiny wearing a floral print silver blazer with navy blue and black details stands outdoors

Social Media Officer – Abreshmi Anika Chowdhury (she/her)

Hi everyone! I’m Abreshmi, and my pronouns are she/her. I’m so excited to be the social media officer for ANU Women’s Department! I’m a first year international student from Bangladesh, doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations. I’ve a passion for Global Politics, South Asia, Culture, Regional History, Economic Development and I love to represent my culture at every chance I get! Since 2018, I’ve had the opportunity to work with major feminist and development organisations both nationally and internationally. I’m also a self taught digital artist and I portray my life and culture through it (ig:@abrushmi). Being a part of the committee in my first year makes my time at ANU worthwhile and I can’t wait for the amazing campaigns and projects coming ahead!

Image description: a selfie of a smiling Abreshmi wearing a peach blouse embellished with silver details

Web and Design Editor – Aurora Muir (she/her)

Hello everyone! My name is Aurora, I am in my fourth-year of double degree in Law and Art History and Theory at ANU and this is my second year on the Women’s Department committee. I am so excited to be here and for the opportunity to continue our important advocacy work and support our wonderful community of department members! I am most looking forward to putting together our iconic merch and working with the loveliest team of people on campus. In my spare time I love taking reality TV very seriously, reading, writing and dancing!

Image description: Aurora stands in front of a white door with her right hand on her hip, wearing a black tank top and blue jeans

Online Space Moderators

We’re all super keen for the year ahead and look forward to facilitating a healthy, safe and supportive online space. We’d also appreciate it if you could put any feedback or recommendations in this feedback form.…/1FAIpQLScYJ6vHXdxO7lbKY…/viewform…