Jacqueline Pascarl


Jacqueline Pascarl

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Jacqueline Pascarl is an experienced CEO in the NGO/NFP sector who consults widely in the sphere of media relations and digital communications. She has worked in radio, television, marketing and as a documentary filmmaker. Her productions include the award-winning documentary Empty Arms: Broken Hearts. 

Jacqueline conceived Operation Angel to champion the needs of women and children in war and disaster zones. She continues this relief work in Australia and internationally during times of natural disaster and emergency, alongside her scores of volunteers. For her efforts in the aftermath of Queensland's recent cyclones and floods, she was given that State's Disaster Hero Medal. 

In 1995, Jacqueline established Operation Book Power in Kenya, a child literacy initiative that builds community libraries and schools throughout Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. The organisation later expanded into South Africa (where Jacqueline was a special advisor to President Nelson Mandela on the structuring of his READ Educational Trust). In 1998, she was appointed Special Ambassador for CARE International and worked as an emergency aid worker in the war zones of Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor. Jacqueline is recognised internationally as an expert on the Hague Convention and International Parental Child Abduction. She has lectured at the US State Department, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union and the International Congress on Family Law and the Rights of Children, which was chaired by Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

Jacqueline was awarded the United Nations Special Commendation for the International Year of the Family, and two recognition awards from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, USA, and sits on several charitable boards. She has been a high-profile international lobbyist on human rights, women's rights and refugee issues. In recognition of her humanitarian work, Jacqueline was appointed a patron of CARE International in January 2007. She has been a regular columnist for the London Times and Fairfax newspapers, and her best-selling books have been published in 28 languages. 

Nominated four times for Australian of the Year, she was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal in 2012 by the Governor General of Australia for her work in conflict zones, becoming the first female recipient. In 2015 Jacqueline was appointed the first woman National Vice Chair, Australian Defence Force Reserves Support Council. 

In another life, Jacqueline was better known as Princess Yasmin of Malaysia. She rose to international prominence when her two eldest children became victims of parental abduction; they were held hostage for over fourteen years, during which time she battled tirelessly for their return. She is a proud feminist and mother of four children, aged between 32 and 12 years of age, and a grandmother of one. She writes daily, bakes and tries to dance just for the hell of it.

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