Kate is a Fellow with the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Centre for Human Rights Policy and Chair of the Board of Trustees for International Planned Parenthood Federation. She has diverse experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government and non-governmental organisations. Until recently she was the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and previously Deputy Executive Director for Programmes with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Prior to joining OHCHR, she was National Director of Amnesty International Australia and then Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International.
Kate helped establish Australia’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital and her work over a number of years focused on prevention of violence against women. In Australia, she was granted honorary appointments to provincial and national public policy and law reform processes including to the country’s first National Committee on Violence Against Women. Kate Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New England, a post graduate Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Melbourne, and has pursued other post-graduate studies in social work and community development.