Ambassador Information

Welcome | Mission and Vision | About Us | About Ovarian Cancer | The Program | The Commitment | The Coalition’s Board of Directors | The Coalition’s Team


An exciting opportunity is available to join the World Ovarian Cancer Ambassador Program, a leading not-for-profit organization established in 2016 working across the globe. We are seeking high-profile women from around the world passionate about women’s health to help us raise awareness, promote health literacy, and highlight health inequities where they exist. This page will help you navigate the basics of the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition as a prospective Ambassador.  In order to make this as accessible as possible, we have compiled all of the information here on this password protected page of our website for your review. More detailed information can be found on the rest of this website, and key statements below are hyperlinked to specific information  (for example where symptoms and risks are mentioned). If you have any questions about any of the material, please email Clara MacKay our CEO, and she will be happy to help.

Our Mission and Vision

A world where every woman with ovarian cancer has the best chance of survival, and the best quality of life – wherever she may live.
Empowering the global ovarian cancer community through knowledge, collaboration and action.

About Us

The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition works with close to 200 patient advocacy organizations from around the world. Since its inception in 2013, our flagship awareness campaign, World Ovarian Cancer Day, has reached over 5m people worldwide. The Coalition raises awareness of ovarian cancer throughout the year.

In 2018, our ground breaking Every Woman Study™ reported on the experiences of over 1500 women living with a diagnosis of ovarian cancer from 44 different countries. The findings of the Every Woman Study™ informed the development of a Global Ovarian Cancer Charter launched in 2020 at the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) Annual Meeting. The Charter is a call to action for all those committed to improving survival and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

The World Ovarian Cancer Coalition is now undertaking the next generation of the above work, the Every Woman Study™: Low- and Middle-Income Edition, which is currently underway in 24 low- and middle-income countries. Details of this Study, and our recent Access to Essential Medicines Report can be found here.

About Ovarian Cancer

‘Ovarian cancer’ is not a singular diagnosis, rather it is an umbrella term for a multitude of different types of cancer that affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the primary peritoneal cavity. It is estimated that there are more than 30 different types of ovarian cancer, and there is a very wide variation in incidence and outlook in terms of the different types.

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of the female cancers for which there is no reliable screening test, and every person assigned female at birth is at risk.  With delays in diagnoses due to this lack of screening and because symptoms are often confused with other, less severe, illness, most people are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat. While every woman is at risk, ovarian cancer is overlooked and underfunded.

According to Globocan’s 2020 projections, by 2040, the number of women around the world diagnosed with ovarian cancer will rise almost 42% to 445,721. The number of women dying from ovarian cancer each year is projected to increase to 313,617 an increase of over 50% from 2020. If nothing is done right now, based on these figures, by 2040 over four million women will be lost to this disease.

Five-year ovarian cancer survival rates vary between countries. For example, in more developed countries, current rates range from 36% to 46%. However, in some countries the figure is much lower. Overall, survival rates fall well below that for other cancers, like breast cancer, where five-year survival rates in many countries are close to 90%.

The Program

The Ambassador Program will launch in 2023 as we lead up to our annual flagship awareness campaign – World Ovarian Cancer Day (May 8) – which had an extended reach of over 100 million in 2022. While the Program will start around this campaign, there would be ongoing contributions throughout the year. Through the Program we are seeking to raise the profile of ovarian cancer specifically and women’s health generally with the aim of stirring up a global conversation to get closer to the Coalition’s goal of “No Woman Left Behind”. As the Coalition is predominately virtual, all Ambassador contributions would take place online, via social media or the Coalition’s website.

The Commitment

The Program can be expanded and adapted depending on the personal preferences of the individual Ambassador, however the minimum requirements would be:

  • 1 year commitment to the Program
  • 2 short statements (quotes) of support with a headshot
    • about Twitter length (ie <300 characters)
    • can be in English and the Ambassador’s chosen language
    • can be tailored to Ambassador’s situation/country/personal connection to the cause
    • Coalition would design any artwork and send back to Ambassador for approval
  • 1 video message
    • Message can be tailored as above
    • Video can be captured on cell phone
    • Video edits will be sent to Ambassador for approval
  • 2 retweets/reshares of World Ovarian Cancer Day posts in addition to sharing of above
  • Permission to list Ambassador’s name on the Coalition website, social media channels, and other promotional materials for agreement period.


Based on personal preferences, the Coalition would be happy to provide:

  • Periodic briefings with Ambassador and/or Ambassador’s team/management on progress of Program
  • Additional bespoke social media content or materials
    • e.g., facts, risk factors, local, national and global statistics (where available)

This is a non-exclusive Program, so Ambassador would not be restricted from supporting other causes or organizations. This is a non-remunerated post.  As a digital program, there will be no in-person appearances required, and given the nature of the commitment, most of the deliverables can be organized by the Ambassador’s support team or management, consequently the total time commitment over the course of a year would be no more than a total of two hours.

The above serves as a minimum guideline only and Ambassadors are welcome, should they wish, to expand or extend their contribution.

The Coalition’s Board of Directors

Meet our international Board of Directors

The Coalition’s Team