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Chanel Contos founded Teach Us Consent, a campaign that mandated consent education in Australia.

Chanel was the recipient of the Australian Human Rights Commission Young People’s Medal in 2021, and in 2023 she was named NSW Young Woman of the Year for her persistent efforts towards eradicating rape culture. Chanel has also been presented with the prestigious Diana Award for her humanitarian work, and in 2022 she was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women worldwide.

Chanel has a Masters in Education, Gender and International Development from University College London and was recently appointed by Julia Gillard to chair the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership’s Youth Advisory Committee.

In 2023, Chanel published her first book, Consent Laid Bare, (Macmillan Australia), was a panelist at the inaugural SXSW Sydney and spoke at Canberra’s National Press Club – one of the youngest people to ever do so.

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