Georgie Stone nominated for Human Rights Award

Victorian teenager Georgie Stone is among five nominees for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2017 Young People’s Medal.

Stone has been an advocate for transgender rights, particularly in the area of younger trans people. Stone has been leading a campaign to allow people to begin transitioning gender without having to gain the permission of the family court.

Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher, congratulated all of the nominees describing them all as outstanding achievers in the area of human rights.

HEre’s a quick run down of the five people up for the award.

Bassam Maaliki is passionate about creating a world where everyone belongs, initiated by his own experience as a Muslim teenager. Bassam established the #uBelong, a project aimed at fostering a culture of inclusiveness and multicultural harmony.

Celia Tran is committed to supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to expand their leadership and advocacy skills and communicate with decision-makers on issues that impact their lives. This work has included connecting young multicultural people with public audiences for speaking opportunities.

Georgie Stone is a transgender advocate who has campaigned for laws to be changed to allow transgender children and their families access to treatment without Family Court approval. She has shared her personal story to bring greater understanding, respect and equality for transgender children.

Caitlin Figueiredo is a multicultural young Australian working nationally to tackle discrimination, and drive inclusive opportunities for young women and girls. As Board Director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, she provides a voice for 4.3 million young people to defend their rights at the Federal level. Caitlin is organising the world’s largest Girls Takeover Program with the Federal Parliament to promote democracy, girls’ leadership & increase female representation.

Ziagul Sultani is a vocal advocate for multicultural young people, promoting the rights of refugees and young migrants in regional and remote WA to access education and work. She is one of the founding members of MYAN Australian Youth Ambassadors Network (YAN), which aims to find solutions to the injustice and inequality facing migrants and refugees.

The winner of the Young People’s Medal will be announced at the annual Human Rights Awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on Friday 8 December, 2017.

OIP Staff


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