Human Rights medal nominees announced for 2013
The four Human Rights medal nominees for 2013 were announced last week. This award aims to recognise the contribution of men and women to Australian society on issues of human rights, social justice and equality.
The finalists for the medal are:
- Gurruwun (Yalmay) Yunupingu, a Yolgnu woman from the Rirratjingu clan who is a passionate advocate for the rights of Yolgnu children to have a bilingual education and to establish the 'two-way learning' philosophy at the Yirrkala Community Education Centre
- Pastor Graham Long, Pastor of The Wayside Chapel since 2004 and instrumental in the implementation of a number of programs that reach out to Indigenous Australians, young people, and people experiencing mental illness
- Sister Claire Condon, the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, who under her leadership, have helped provide emergency housing for women and children experiencing domestic violence and have strongly supported self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Richard Frankland, a Gunditjmara man who has worked as a soldier, musician, author, screenwriter, director and trainer. His training and community-building work has embraced Indigenous issues such as lateral violence, cultural safety, healing, and family.
'The Human Rights medal finalists announced today have dedicated their lives to advancing and protecting the human rights of children and young people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and individuals who experience mental illness, homelessness or domestic violence. These finalists are great Australians and quiet achievers,' said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.
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Source: Australian Human Rights Commission
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