Johanna Higgs was born in Mt Isa in the desert of Australia but grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Johanna has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and politics and wrote her Honour's thesis about the child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. She has a Master's degree in international development and has completed her PhD in anthropology, about the child combatants of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) in Colombia.
Johanna has travelled through many parts of the world including the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, the Pacific Islands and Europe. She has a passion for women’s rights and founded the organisation, Project Monma which advocates for women’s rights around the world.