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Stone next women and girls ambassador

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016

Former Liberal MP Sharman Stone will be Australia's next ambassador for women and girls.

She will take over from Natasha Stott Despoja, who has been in the role for the past three years.

"(Dr Stone) had a distinguished 20-year career in the Australian parliament, progressing major issues that affect women and girls, including the elimination of child marriages, human trafficking and poverty reduction," Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for Women Michaelia Cash said in a joint statement on Monday.

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