Finalists announced – Individual Community Award

Date: 
Friday 10 November 2017

Five outstanding Australians have been named as finalists for the 2017 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award.

“There are so many individuals working tirelessly to improve human rights in our communities,” said President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

“This Award is a chance for impressive Australians to be recognised for the dedication to human rights and it particularly highlights the profound impact that one person can have on an entire community,” she said.

The Awards will be held on Friday, 8 December 2017 at Sydney’s Westin Hotel. Tickets are now on sale here.

https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/tickets

The finalists are:

Saba Vasefi
Saba settled in Australia as a refugee after escaping persecution in Iran for her activism against capital punishment. She is an Iranian-Australia academic, filmmaker, poet and human rights advocate. Saba uses her artistic and cultural activities to campaign against the death penalty, advance the rights of women and children as well as give a voice to refugees and asylum seekers.

Barbara Elizabeth Spriggs
Barbara is an inspiring example of how an individual can achieve systemic change in human rights. Barbara’s husband was a resident at Older Persons Mental Health facility at Oakden in 2015 and 2016. Her persistence to seek answers for the suspected abuse and neglect of her husband while in care at Oakden led to the exposure of a decade-long culture of cover up of the abuse and maltreatment of residents at the facility.

Catia Malaquias
Catia is a disability advocate and founder of Starting with Julius, an organisation which aims to include people with disability in the media and in advertising in order to reshape cultural attitudes and eliminate discriminatory barriers towards disability. In 2016, Catia also co-founded All Means All - The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education to promote and develop inclusive and accessible strategies to realise equality in education for people with disability.

Alastair Lawrie
Alastair is a passionate campaigner for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. He has spent a decade building awareness of the anti-discrimination protections that exist for LGBTI Australians. Most recently, he played a key role in the #NoPlebiscite Campaign, conducted the State of Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Survey and provided submissions to government inquiries across all Australian jurisdictions on better legal and policy protection for the LGBTI community.

Sister Jane Irene Keogh
Sister Jane has devoted more than 15 years to assisting refugees in immigration detention centres and those living in the Australian community. She supports individuals in detention and off shore processing by providing access to basic needs, including clothing, accommodation, employment, legal assistance and access to telecommunications. Sister Jane uses her direct experience to engage politicians, community groups, the media and religious communities to bring about systemic change.

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
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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
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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.

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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.

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