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Kate Gilmore (born 1958) is an Australian human rights activist and Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations.[1]

Gilmore studied at Stirling Theological College and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England and postgraduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Melbourne and Community Development from RMIT.[2]

Gilmore worked in a range of public sector and NGO positions. These include CEO of Broadmeadows Community Health Service (1992-1993) and manager of community care in the Royal Women’s Hospital Australia (1993-1996) where she established Australia’s first Centre Against Sexual Assault and helped establish the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House).[3] For Amnesty she was National Director of Amnesty International Australia (1996-2000) and Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International (2000-2010).[4]

At the United Nations, Gilmore became Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund in 2012 and in 2015 Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. In this role she is accountable to the High Commissioner, currently Michelle Bachelet. Gilmore has been engaged in issues in Iraq on human rights violations and assisting the Iraq government.[5] She serves as a co-chair, along with Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, of Every Woman Every Child EveryWhere[6][7]


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  4. ^ United Nations Secretary-General Department of Public Information/News and Media Division/New York (2012) Biographical Note, Secretary-General Appoints Kate Gilmore of Australia Assistant Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director (Programme), United Nations Population Fund, 22 February Secretary-General SG/A/1323 BIO/4356 POP/1000 (Accessed August 2012)
  5. ^ "United Nations Iraq - UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Kate Gilmore, currently on official visit to Iraq". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
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