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A founding member of the Ethnic Communities Council and Founder and Executive Director of an Ethnic Childcare Cooperative, Vivi Germanos Koutsounadis was awarded the Human Rights Medal in recognition of her three decades of advocacy and community work across a broad range of social welfare areas. Her work also included Aboriginal welfare, childcare, women's issues, aged care and disability issues. A strong advocate of equal rights, Vivi has worked at both a grass roots and policy level of many community-based organisations; lobbying for resources and funding on behalf of disadvantaged groups.

Growing up in Redfern, and her experiences as a child of a Greek migrant family, shaped Vivi's belief in the need for communities to work together on common social issues, regardless of their backgrounds. In the past five years she has been extensively involved in the promotion of the rights of children, working with a range of advocacy groups to encourage government and community organisations to take steps to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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‘Women’s achievements: untold stories’ (2008)

I want to begin by acknowledging that we are gathered here today on the traditional land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I pay my deepest respects to their elders past and present. I would also like to acknowledge Her Excellency Governor Marie Bashir who is with us today. She is an inspiration to many of us, as a committed leader and advocate for social justice.

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Compensation proposal welcomed by Human Rights Commission

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas, welcomes today's motion in the Senate concerning outstanding issues relating to the recommendations of the stolen generations report - Bringing Them Home.

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Darren Fittler is a laywer at Gilbert + Tobin, where he leads the Third Sector Advisory Group, providing legal assistance to the charity, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors. Mr Fittler is a member of the Disability Advisory Council for the NSW Department of Justice and board members of Media Access Australia, the nation’s only not-for-profit media access organisation focused on improving media engagement for people with disabilities. He is also a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Professional Users Group. Mr Fittler was chosen to be part of the non-government delegation to the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disability

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It's Over to You

We all know why we're here today. You're here because men aren't seeing enough of their children, that after divorce they're lone fathers if they're lucky and cheque books on legs if things turn out badly. Sadly, there are some men who just disappear as dads altogether.

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Commission Commission – General

2008 Media Release: Nominate for the Human Rights Awards now

The President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), John von Doussa QC, today opened the official call for nominations for the 2008 Human Rights Medals and Awards, urging individuals and organisations to enter.

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Father Riley has established a variety of programs to assist in breaking the cycle of poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation of young people. His Youth off the Street (YOTS) programs and services have helped over 60,000 young people since they were first established in 1991.

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Making it work for women

35 minute speech 30 April 2003 Recruiting and Consulting Services Association Owner/manager Luncheon Series Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George St Sydney NSW 2000

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The Castlemaine branch of Rural Australians for Refugees is a not for profit organisation set up to raise awareness of the human rights of refugees. Volunteers are involved in providing practical and financial support for local refugee families.

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