2017 Young People's Medal finalists announced

Date: 
Tuesday 7 November 2017

A diverse range of finalists will be vying for the 2017 Young People’s Medal, with judges revealing their top five nominees.

“I congratulate this outstanding group of young people for their dedication to advancing human rights,” said Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

They are:

Georgie Stone
Georgie is a transgender advocate who has campaigned for laws to be changed to allow transgender children and their families access to treatment without Family Court approval. She has shared her personal story via the media, and with countless politicians, organisations and families to bring greater understanding, respect and equality for transgender children.

Bassam Maaliki
Bassam is passionate about creating a world where everyone belongs, initiated by his own experience as a Muslim teenager. Bassam established the #uBelong, a project aimed at fostering a culture of inclusiveness and multicultural harmony. 

Ziagul Sultani
Ziagul is a vocal advocate for multicultural young people, promoting the rights of refugees and young migrants in regional and remote WA to access education and work. She is one of the founding members of MYAN Australian Youth Ambassadors Network (YAN), which aims to find solutions to the injustice and inequality facing migrants and refugees.

Caitlin Figueiredo
Caitlin is a multicultural young Australian working nationally to tackle discrimination, and drive inclusive opportunities for young women and girls. As Board Director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, she provides a voice for 4.3 million young people to defend their rights at the Federal level. Caitlin is organising the world’s largest Girls Takeover Program with the Federal Parliament to promote democracy, girls’ leadership & increase female representation.

Celia Tran
Celia is committed to supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to expand their leadership and advocacy skills and communicate with decision-makers on issues that impact their lives. This work has included connecting young multicultural people with public audiences for speaking opportunities.


 

The Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, 8 December 2017 at Sydney’s Westin Hotel. Tickets are selling fast, now is the time to grab your seat!

Tickets are on sale here: https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/tickets 

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Human Rights Awards 2018 Nomination Form

Conditions of entry

To be eligible for nomination, entrants must have made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights IN AUSTRALIA and been active in this area between August 2017 and August 2018.

All nominations must include the application form along with supporting documentation.

If you wish to apply for more than one award, an individual application form for each award must be submitted.

Please select ONE of the following Award categories *
Nominee details - details of the person or organisation being nominated
* This is the name/s of the individual, organisation, government body or business that will appear on the medal or award if the nominee wins
This is the name that you would like to appear on the medal or award if the nominee wins.
Tell us about the business you are nominating

How has the business contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can include:

  • taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
  • encouraging greater social harmony within Australia in a range of areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia or countering discrimination on the basis of age or sexuality
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia

We want to understand how the business you are nominating impacts human rights, for example, through:

  • Programs and initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to responsible business practices
  • Business protection and promotion of human rights within direct operational control as well as across the value chain
  • Implementation of initiatives that have a positive impact on the broader community and help generate long term change
  • Business actions focused on prevention of human rights abuse as well as promotion of human rights

Where possible, please provide quantitative and/or qualitative evidence of the outcomes of the work, program or initiative (e.g. case studies, reports, testimony, etc).

Tell us about the person or organisation you are nominating

How have they contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can include:

  • taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
  • encouraging greater social harmony within Australia in a range of areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia or countering discrimination on the basis of age or sexuality
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia
Supporting Documentation

This could include media stories such as newspaper articles, biographies, written references and contact details for any referees.

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Announcement of winner

Should your nomination be successful, you must be available to accept the award at the ceremony on Friday 14 December 2018 in Sydney.

Please note, by entering the Human Rights Awards you agree that your name, organisation and details of your supporting material could be published in publicity material for the Human Rights Awards. If you do not wish for these details to be published please email hrawards@humanrights.gov.au

Declaration by person lodging this nomination

I/we confirm, that I/we have read and understand the requirements which relate to my/our nomination category. Where the nominee is an individual, I/we confirm that the nominee is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and that the Young person was under 25 on 30 September 2018.

I/we understand that the judge’s decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.

If further information is required, I/we agree to be contacted via phone or email.

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