The Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award – Individual is awarded to a person with a track record in promoting and advancing human rights in the Australian community on a not-for-profit basis.
The finalists for 2013 are:
Carolyn Frohmader has made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights for women and girls with disabilities. As executive director of Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA), Carolyn is a strong voice for gender equality and an advocate for the prevention of violence against women and girls with disabilities. She has increased awareness of issues of injustice for women and girls with disabilities and worked tirelessly to counter discrimination on the basis of gender and disability.
Martin Hodgson is a senior advocate at Foreign Prisoner Support Service (Save-A-Life). His volunteer work as an advocate on behalf of families whose loved ones are interned in foreign countries is selfless and humanitarian. Martin is dedicated to promoting human rights in his local community. He gives presentations to community groups on human rights and international law, assists Indigenous organsiations to further incorporate the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into their work, and gives lectures at educational institutions on human rights and the local community.
Gina Wilson is the founder of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia, and was its president until September 2013. Her intersex advocacy work has been ground-breaking, helping to achieve authentic and appropriate inclusion in anti-discrimination legislation. Gina helped draft the wording for “intersex status” that was eventually adopted in federal anti-discrimination legislation, and campaigned on involuntary and coerced sterilisation. Gina’s work has promoted greater awareness of intersex issues and she has established constructive working partnerships with parliamentarians and human rights and advocacy organisations.
Cameron Lionel Murphy is a human rights activist and long-term supporter of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. Cameron’s work as a volunteer for the NSW Council for Civil Liberties spans 20 years, and he has served as the organisation’s president for the past 13 years. He has appeared at numerous conferences and events to discuss human rights, made innumerable media appearances, and chaired executive and committee meetings every month for the past 13 years. During this time, Cameron has also run many human rights campaigns, advocating against the reintroduction of the death penalty in Australia and against the excesses of anti-terrorism legislation.