Adam Goodes publicly called out racism, was named Australian of the Year, was accused of staging for free kicks, and performed an on-field war dance celebration. The cheers became boos as football crowds turned on him. Using only archival footage aired at the time, the award-winning film holds a mirror to Australia and is an opportunity to reconsider what happened on and off the football field.
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The 2019 Australian Human Rights Commission Awards held on 13 December in Sydney recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of individuals, organisations and businesses.
The awards cover nine categories: the Human Rights Medal, the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, Law Award, Business Award, ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award, Government Award, Community Organisation Award, Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award and the Media Award.
Presented each year by the EU Delegation to Australia, the ‘Racism. It Stops With Me’ Award celebrates the contribution of organisations and individuals who are reducing and preventing racism in Australia. Organisations can include community groups or businesses and they can be recognised for a range of anti-racism work including education and prevention.
Driven by an intersectional and community-based approach, All Together Now(ATN) uses programs, events and evidence to educate Australians about racism. ATN leads major projects such as ‘Give Racism the Finger’, the Everyday Racism App and media monitoring to promote racial equality in collaboration with partners.
The Peer Advocacy Team advocate for and support young people who have been impacted by discriminatory and unlawful police contact and abuse. The eight fantastic young people who form the team foster this mission through outreach and empowering, peer-led workshops and events that provide concrete support for participants to address discrimination.
Prudence Melom is the founder of E-Raced, a program for school students that champions the stories of refugees and immigrants who have come to Australia. Prudence’s tireless work to prioritise refugees’ voices promotes empathy and understanding of their humanity and experiences, challenging pre-conceived stereotypes and racism.
Sharon Gollan is a descendent of the Ngarrindjeri nation of South Australia, with family and cultural connections to many communities within and beyond South Australia. Her advocacy addresses institutionalised and systemic racism. For instance, she developed the ‘Cultural Respect and Safety – engaging respectfully with Aboriginal Australia’ workshop to educate about and reduce racism in the workplace.
The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. The prestigious 2019 Human Rights Medal was awarded to human rights lawyer Rosemary Kayess.
The Awards coincide with International Human Rights Day, recognised globally on 10 December. The 2019 theme recognised the role of young people standing up for human rights. Read more here.
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