The "Women Hold Up Half The Sky Award" acknowledges the outstanding contribution of women in the community

 The award, which recognises an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community, is part of the Australia Day awards and honours and is jointly coordinated by the Office for Women.

The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award has taken its name from a well-known piece of art by internationally recognised South Australian artist Ann Newmarch AO.

Minister for the Status of Women, Zoe Bettison, says the award is important in ensuring that the valued contribution women make to our community does not go unnoticed.

“The Women Hold Up Half the Sky award recognises a South Australian woman who acts as role model and has inspired us through her accomplishments,” the Minister said.

“This award is an excellent opportunity to celebrate these achievements". 

Nominations for this award are now closed - stay tuned for the next nomination round!

 The closing date for nominations is Friday 1 December, 2017

Past Winners

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2017 - commendation - Lisa Lumsden

Lisa Lumsden is an advocate in her local community of Port Augusta, standing up for those in regional areas and making a difference. Generously donating her time she has been a key figure in the “Repower Port Augusta” campaign, working voluntarily to help transition her community from coal to concentrating solar thermal power generation. She is also an influential Councillor on the Port Augusta City Council who has demonstrated leadership in many areas, being a key advocate for children’s services and having a larger community involvement in council decision making. She played a key role in establishing the ‘Our House’ community clubhouse in Port Augusta, a place that is offering much needed peer support and activities for people with mental illness and their carers. Lisa is also a voluntary member of the Port Augusta Communities for Children Steering Committee, advocating for the most disadvantaged young children in Port Augusta and the ‘Our House’ Community Clubhouse Management. All in the midst of this she is raising two young boys and has started a business showcasing her own custom artwork creations. Lisa is working at a community level proving that one person can make a difference and help inspire future generations. 

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2017 - Sandra Dann

As an advocate for women’s rights Sandra Dann has been a tireless campaigner especially for those without a voice or another to be their advocate. Sandra’s entire professional life has been devoted to the service of others. She is the current director of the Working Women’s Centre, a role she has held since 1998. Whilst being passionate about many aspects of women’s rights, Sandra has been a key campaigner in the prevention of violence against women. Raising awareness of domestic violence (DV) as a workplace issue and the vital need for DV leave. She is accredited to deliver the SA Government’s White Ribbon Organisation Training to SA Government agencies and is the only South Australian accredited to deliver the University of NSW’s Safe at Home, Safe at Work program. Her influence has reached a global level with Sandra establishing the first and only Working Women’s Centre in Timor-Leste where she remains an ongoing advisor to the Board and staff. Sandra is a very worthy recipient, having inspired so many people with her passion and advocacy for Women’s Rights.

 Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2016 - commendation - Judith Wirtz

Judith is an incredible person who is celebrating her 25th Anniversary of volunteering for the Warradale Branch of Meals on Wheels and has also served on the committee as the Client Welfare Officer since the early 1990s. Judith is a great example of selfless volunteering for the betterment of ones community.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2016 - Tara Fatehi

Born into a Kurdish family in war-torn Kurdistan, Tara Fatehi fled her homeland at the age of three. After migrating to Australia, Tara was determined to give back to her community. A PhD student studying medicine, Tara has founded the Adelaide Kurdish Youth Society with the aim of helping her community promote its rich culture and forge strong ties within Australian society. She also co-founded the Kurdistan Health Project and is an Australian Ambassador for youth-led charities such as the Wham project which aims to create the largest English library in South Kurdistan and Iraq. Passionate about social justice, Tara uses her education, knowledge and experience to help migrants and refugees build a better life in Australia.

 Congratulations Tara!

Please contact the Australia Day Council office on (08) 8463 5436 if you have any questions or would like further information.