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Date: 12 December 2014

Inaugural Northern Territory Human Rights Awards

The Award Ceremony for the Inaugural NT Human Rights Awards, ‘the Fitzgeralds’ was held last night at the Supreme Court. There was an emotional and inspiring speech by our guest speaker, Carine Kapiamba, which gave people much to think about the United Nations Human Rights Day. Carine said "... Human Rights are the baseline and also an aspiration...”

Commendations and Winners in each of the four categories were announced.

The Fitzgerald Youth Award: Stewart Willey was the recipient of this Award for his work with disadvantaged youth in Tennant Creek.

The Fitzgerald Justice Award: The winner of this Award was the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA,) for their 40 years of  work representing the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Northern Australia.
A Commendation was awarded to the Kunga Project, in their ‘Stopping Violence Project - innovative project from Alice Springs - working with women prisoners’. 

Fitzgerald Social Change Award: The winner of this Award was the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre, who has provided advice and support to women about work related issues in the Territory for the last 20 years.
Commendations were awarded to the Alice Springs Integrated Response to Family and Domestic Violence Reference Group, for their comprehensive approach to domestic and family violence in Alice Springs, the Darwin Asylum Seekers Support and Advocacy Network (DAASAN), for their network of volunteers working with and for Asylum seekers in Darwin & Italk Library - a small business, presenting information in an accessible way.

The Fitzgerald Diversity Award: The winner of this Award was Jeswynn Yogaratnam, a Charles Darwin University lecturer in human rights, who has significant involvement in diversity, asylum seeker, indigenous and LGBTI human rights within the Northern Territory community.
Commendations were awarded to My Sisters Kitchen, a project bringing together newly arrived Refugee and Migrant women and children, to encourage social connections and support, and to David Nicholls, a prominent mental health advocate.

It was a successful night, to recognise the contributions to human rights of those in the Northern Territory community - on 10 December 2014, the International Human Rights Day.

We look forward to bigger and better Award celebrations.

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