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
The 2014 awards major sponsors were:
Gold Sponsor - Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation,Franciscan Schools Association Australia
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Joan Shears, Palm Sunday Rally - Volunteer Community Work
- Debbie Kilroy, Sisters Inside - Business/Professional
- Kim Eaton, Government
- Wanita Limpus, NGO