By Siobhan Ryan
Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s leaders in human rights advocacy at this year’s Human Rights Awards, hosted by ABC presenter Jeremy Fernandez.
This year’s finalists for the Human Rights Medal and Young People’s Human Rights Medal have advocated tirelessly on issues such as refugee and asylum seekers’ rights, marriage equality, mental health, and institutional child sexual abuse.
The awards will also honour human rights advocates in government, law, the media, business, and community organisations, as well as outstanding contributions to the Australian community and to fighting racism.
As our President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, notes, this year’s awards come at a particularly special time.
Ten December marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With the awards held just a few days after the anniversary, the event is our way of thanking and recognising “all the Australian human rights heroes that there are in this country,” she says below.
Our audience will enjoy a performance by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, who have been performing across Australia and internationally for over 25 years.
As our host, Jeremy Fernandez, says, “It is always such an uplifting event – usually a few happy tears, even a live marriage proposal last year.
“It should be a terrific afternoon.”
The Awards ceremony, held at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on Friday 14 December from 12-3pm, will also feature a two-course meal and drinks.
Purchase your seat – or a table of 10 – soon, as ticket sales end on 10 December.