04 September 2014

Nominate a young human rights champion

The Australian Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the Young People’s Human Rights Medal to be presented at the annual Australian Human Rights Awards.

This award recognises inspiring individuals, under the age of 25 years, who have made an outstanding contribution to advancing human rights in Australia. The award also celebrates and honours the work of inspiring young Australians who are working to enhance our rights and freedoms, promote equality and support social harmony.

In 2013 the medal was awarded to Mariah Kennedy, a Young Ambassador for UNICEF and the author of the children’s book, Reaching Out, Messages of Hope.

At just 16 years of age, Mariah approached some of Australia’s best loved children’s authors and illustrators for contributions to the book, which addresses social justice issues such as child labour, refugee rights and global poverty. In June 2013, Mariah’s extraordinary anthology was published by Harper Collins with all proceeds going to UNICEF.

Nominations are also sought for nine other award categories including the Human Rights Medal, Business Award, Literature Award, Print and Online Media Award, Radio Award, Television Award, Community Organisation Award, Community Individual Award and Law Award.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Nominations close on 12 September 2014.

For more information or to nominate, visit hrawards.humanrights.gov.au.

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