Grace Tame, who led the fight against a law banning sexual assault survivors from speaking, was named a U.S. Australian year

Sydney Refugee Attorney Rosemary Kariuki was named Local Hero at the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

Isobel Marshall of SA was named Young Australian of the Year for her work to end poverty

The educator, artist and activist of the Aborigines, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, was named Senior Australian of the Year

The 26-year-old, who helped fight a law banning sexual assault survivors from speaking, was named Australian of the Year 2021

When she was 15, Grace Tame was groomed and raped by her 58-year-old teacher at a private girls’ school in Hobart

Her perpetrator was jailed for his crimes, but Ms. Tame was unable to speak publicly about her experiences under the gag laws for victims of sexual assault in Tasmania, even though the perpetrator and the media were free to do so

She became the hidden face and catalyst of the #LetHerSpeak campaign, a victim that couldn’t be featured or named in the media

Along with some of her campaign partners, Ms. Tame petitioned the Supreme Court for the right to publicly identify herself as a rape survivor and won before advocating on behalf of others

Her work has focused on helping others understand how care works and reducing the stigma associated with sexual assault

“Grace has shown extraordinary courage in using her voice to press for legal reform and raise public awareness of the effects of sexual violence,” the Australian of the Year Awards Panel said in a statement

“She is a regular guest speaker at high profile events and television programs and uses her media profile to advocate for other vulnerable groups in the community”

She spoke about the importance of breaking down stigma and empowering young people to express themselves

“In public he described his crimes as” great “and” enviable ” In public I was legally silenced No more

Describing herself as a “proud Tasmanian”, Ms. Tame shared the journey she had taken in the years since her trauma, hoping to inspire others

“I was anorexic in the hospital eleven years ago I won a marathon last year. We are transforming as individuals, “she said

“I remember he said, ‘Don’t make a sound’ Well, listen to me now and use my voice in a chorus of voices that will not be silenced ‘

A passion for art and education led the Senior Australian of 2021 to a career as an educator and activist

In 1975, Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann AM became the Northern Territory’s first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher and headmistress in her community of Nauiyu, 143 kilometers southwest of Darwin

She attended schools through the Top End as an arts consultant for the Ministry of Education and campaigned for the inclusion of visual arts in every child’s education

She was a member of the National Indigenous Council and set up the Miriam Rose Foundation to advance grassroots reconciliation and bridge the gap between Aboriginal culture and mainstream society

It is the third time that Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann was nominated for an award as Australian of the Year

“During her professional and creative life, Miriam-Rose has continued to be committed to upholding the cultural independence of her people and the spokeswoman for the Aboriginal worldview,” said the jury

Millions of girls and young women around the world face poverty, which often forces them to drop out of school

At the age of 18, the now 22-year-old crowdfunding employee financed 56 in 2018 together with Eloise Hall$ 000 and founded the charity TABOO, a brand of ethically sourced organic pads and tampons

All net profits from TABOO will be sent to the charity partner (One Girls) in Sierra Leone and Uganda where they will be used to fight poverty in time

On site, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Center to provide free access to pads and tampons for women in need of emergency shelter in South Australia

It was a trip to Kenya that served as a motivation for her work, said Ms. Marshall

“We’ve met girls who run three hours a day to come to school with nothing but dirty rags to soak up the blood and deal with cramps but nothing to relieve the pain,” she said

“We met girls who dropped out of school at 13 because of their gender and biology”

At the ceremony, Ms. Marshall urged others to join the fight for young women and girls

“The reality is that 30 percent of girls in developing countries are still dropping out of school because of menstruation,” she said

Rosemary Kariuki immigrated from Kenya to Sydney in 1999 and only carried a few hundred dollars, some clothes and gifts for strangers

She made her first friend at the airport – an Ethiopian woman who dropped a friend off for a flight – who heard her story about fleeing tribal wars and domestic violence

But her first years in Australia turned out to be lonely and motivated her to support other refugees who also struggled due to their isolation

This work earned her the title of Australian Local Hero for 2021 at a ceremony in Canberra tonight

Ms. Kariuki is now the Parramatta Police Department’s multicultural liaison officer, specializing in assisting migrants who face domestic violence, language barriers and financial difficulties

For the past 15 years she has used social facilities such as morning teas, dinners, dances and road trips to build trust between different cultural groups

“[After] escaping Kenya alone in 1999 to avoid family abuse and tribal conflict, her early years in Australia were terribly lonely,” the jury said

“So [she] found ways to help women leave their homes and meet women in similar circumstances”

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