Canberra women doing extraordinary things to bring about change in gender equality were recognised at the 2018 ACT Women’s Awards held at the National Arboretum on Tuesday night (6th March).
With the International Women’s Day theme Press for Progress, the annual awards ceremony recognised ‘innovative and progressive approaches to achieve gender equity’.
Caitlin Figueiredo, an international champion for gender equality, was recognised as the ACT Young Woman of the Year for her work advocating for women and girls.
Director of the Australia Youth Council, Miss Figueiredo launched the National Council of Women Australia at parliament house in 2017. Miss Figueiredo co-founded the world’s largest political takeover, which reached 10 million people and trained Canberra women in leadership, public speaking and Indigenous rights.
As the Alannah and Madeline Foundation Ambassador, she has also helped transform the lives of local Canberra girls by supporting the foundation to end violence and bullying.
The ACT Woman of the Year was awarded to Ashleigh Streeter-Jones in recognition of her work encouraging young people and women in international development. Ms Streeter-Jones has been the director of Future 21: Young Australians in International Affairs, which aspires to get more young people involved in international affairs.
Cathi Moore was recognised as the ACT Senior Woman of the Year for her role in key community service organisations and government boards for over 30 years. Ms Moore has served as president of YWCA Canberra and as treasurer of YWCA Australia where she campaigned for a 30 per cent quota for women under 30 years old in governance positions at a national and local level.
Ms Moore is a founding member of a pro-bono coaching service for women who have escaped violent relationships, called, ‘My Coaching, My Future’.
The Minister for Women, Yvette Berry, said that the 31 nominations received were “indicative of the exceptional pool of talented women in the ACT”.
Ms Berry congratulated the nominees for their “extraordinary contributions to our community” and extended her thanks to “the people who valued their achievements and submitted nominations on their behalf”.
The event also relaunched the Women’s Honour Roll, which records the names of Canberran women who have received honours in the ACT since self-government in 1988.
More than 300 women are represented on the Honour Roll, which will be added to every second year to mark International Women’s Day celebrations for the ACT. The names of the inductees with their achievements are listed here.