Diversity celebrated at Human Rights Week Awards

INDIVIDUALS and organisations with a passion for promoting human rights, peace and equal opportunity were recognised at a reception held at Parliament House Hobart in December, as part of the annual Human Rights Week.

The school award was presented to Brooks High School in Launceston and the sports award went to Ivor Burge Men’s Basketball Team.

Flourish: Mental Health Action in Our Hands received the Lucy Henry award, named in memory of Hobart mental health rights activist.

The youth award went to Laura Kay for her work in raising awareness about issues affecting young women in Tasmania, particularly in the area of domestic violence.

Ms Kay also won the Angus Downie print journalist award for her new publication Betty – “Hobart’s feminist magazine”.

The CALD community-focused rights activity award was presented to the TORN production facilitated by the Students Against Racism, which explored migrants’ life experiences from their home country to living in Tasmania.

Other award recipients included Sharon Jones, who received the LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Ally) award.

Meanwhile, Tasmanian Finalist of the Australian of the Year 2011 and Palawa elder Rodney Dillon was named the human rights individual award recipient for his work in fighting for the rights of indigenous Australians.

Shadow Minister for Community Development and Aboriginal Affairs Elise Archer MP said: “I congratulate all finalists and winners of awards, and commend their exceptional commitment to their causes.”

“I wish them the very best in continuing their remarkable work and look forward to seeing and hearing more of their contributions as outstanding Tasmanians in the future.”

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