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Queensland Peacewomen Awards


WILPF Queensland’s Peacewomen Awards recognise the talents and dedication of women whose activities have promoted peace at the local, national and/or international levels.


Our awards this year celebrated the 100 years since WILPF was founded in Queensland, when in Brisbane, on 12 November 1915, the Women's Peace Army held a public meeting against the first world war.

Congratulations to the Peacewomen of 2015:

  • May Lamont - educator and community developer (represented by Gayle Carrick)
  • Professor Carole Ferrier - academic, feminist and antiwar activist
  • Dr Nora Amath - interfaith leader and champion of cultural minorities
  • Dr Aunty Joan Hendriks - Quandamooka Elder and social justice campaigner


Previous Peacewomen Award recipients


  • Ms Virginia Balmain, for her inspiring leadership in theUnited Nations Association of Australia and hercontinuing commitment to education for peace
  • Ms Frederika Steen AM, for her long career assisting and advocating for migrants and refugees, first in the public service and now as a volunteer with the Romero Centre
  • Ms Gitie House, for her commitment to multiculturalism and her leadership in the Darling Downs community
  • Emerging Peacewoman : Ms Claire Maizonnier, for her scholarship in peace and conflict studies and her research in the Asia-Pacific region and in South America

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Award winners 2014:  Virginia Balmain, Gitie House, Freddie Steen, Ashlee Teakle (representing Claire Maizonnier who was in Peru at the time of the awards)

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  The 2014 awards major sponsors were:

JPIC logoGold Sponsor - Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation,Franciscan Schools Association Australia    

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Silver Sponsor - Office for Women, Queensland Government




  • Associate Professor Marianne Hanson, for her research on disarmament, teaching and community engagement.
  • Dr Aila Keto, for her research and activism for the preservation and conservation of rainforests.
  • Dr Ros Kidd, for her research and activism on the human rights of Indigenous Australians.
  • Ms Heather Millhouse, for her work as a community educator in non-violent communication and conflict resolution.
  • Dr Olivera Simic, for her research on women’s human rights in conflict situations [see Olivera's appeal for funds for the Association of Women Survivors of Rape and Torture in Republika Srpska, based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on WILPF Qld Facebook].
  • Ms Ravina Waldren, for her community peace building, especially in the Indigenous community.

Awardees-photo-by-Tony-Robertson-300x199Award winners 2013 - Heather, Ravina, Ros, Marianne, Olivera and Aila (photo: Tony Robertson)






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  • Sr Pauline Coll, particularly for her work on human rights.
  • Sr Wendy Flannery for her work on human rights and environmental awareness.
  • Karen O’Donahue for her work with young people.
  • The women who work on the organising committee of the Warwick Peace Festival for their work in creating a culture of peace across a whole community.
  • Heather Williams, Brenda Lewis Award for an outstanding contribution to WILPF Queensland.



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  • Annette Brownlea, Just Peace, Building Peaceful Communities
  • Boni Robertson, Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination
  • Trish Morrow, Sustainable Living and the Environment (absent as working in Haiti)
  • Mary Ziesak, Brenda Lewis Award for an outstanding contribution to WILPF Queensland






20102010 PWA recipients


  • Joan Shears, Palm Sunday Rally - Volunteer Community Work
  • Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside - Business/Professional
  • Kim Eaton, Government
  • Wanita Limpus, NGO
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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.