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Celebrating champions: ACT Women of the Year Awards

HerCanberra Team

HerCanberra strives to celebrate women in every role – whether they’re the quiet achievers or the room shakers – every single day.

On International Women’s Day, however, the word champions this celebration and the spotlight is shone into even the smallest, quietest corners of female achievement. This celebration, however, is also shared with the reminder that we still have far to go in the quest for gender equality.

“International Women’s Day is a day to recognise and celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements and more importantly, a day for calling for greater equality for this generation of women and the generations to follow,” says ACT Minister for Women, Yvette Berry.

“This year the theme of International Woman’s Day is Pledge for Parity. The theme is about celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Our city is rich with women who are making a difference to the lives of fellow women, girls and to our community as a whole”.

The fight for equality, the quest to support fellow womankind and the desire to highlight to achievement of peers combines in the ACT Women of the Year awards.

Four awards are given out on the evening of Tuesday 8 March, the categories of which are:

  • ACT Woman of the Year Award
  • ACT Violence Prevention Woman of the Year Award
  • Senior Woman of the Year Award
  • Young Woman of the Year Award

The 14 finalists for the awards come from all different backgrounds but strive to champion a common goal – improving the experience of being a woman in the ACT.

The nominees are:

  • Amanda Whitley, founder and director of HerCanberra
  • Alisa Draskovic, founder of This is not a ‘Wife Beater
  • Sophie Verass, co-manager of 2XX FM
  • Rachael Stevens, mental illness educator
  • Elise Horspool, sexual assault awareness advocate
  • Jessa Rogers, Principal of Cape York Girl Academy and youngest member of the National NAIDOC Committee
  • Patricia Beth Ritchie, domestic violence awareness campaigner
  • Alyssa Shaw, campaigner for gender equality within universities
  • Mirjana Wilson, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Service
  • Jennelle McAppion, founder of Canberra Mums Exercise Group
  • Jo Chivers, Chairperson and Director of the Canberra and District NAIDOC Aboriginal Corporation
  • Krishna Sadhana, LGBTIQ* advocate and community mentor
  • Marian Currie, former President of the Board of PANDSI and post and ante natal support advocate
  • Catherine Wood, founding Chairperson for the Women In Super, Canberra Mothers Day Classic

“The nominees for this year’s ACT Women’s Awards have worked tirelessly to bring about positive change. They have been successful in creating inclusive, supportive networks for women across the community and in reaching out to young women, and girls at some of the hardest points of their lives,” says Minister Berry.

Here at HerCanberra we’re, of course, chuffed that our very own founder has been chosen as a finalist.

“Discovering I was a finalist was a huge surprise. I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be in the company of such incredible women, all who have done so much for Canberra,” says Amanda.

“The fact that I get to do what makes me happy everyday is reward enough, but to be recognised in this way is a wonderful bonus.”

Winners of the Women of the Year Awards will be announced on the evening of Tuesday 8 March at the Awards ceremony. 

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