Lest it not be a “winter of discontent” perhaps we should put on our thinking caps, sharpen our pencils and nominate some worthy women to the next round of law and community awards? Many women would never dream of asking someone to nominate them, or even nominate themselves, so don’t wait to be asked! Here is a round up of some Awards, why don’t you grab a friend, colleague or your mentor and submit a nomination?
As the Advancing Women guide says
If you know a woman who’s doing work that you admire, put her forward for an award. Australia will thank you.
A list of some awards follows below:
The Law Institute of Victoria’s Legal Awards are accepting nominations up to 15 July 2011, here. There are a number of categories, including the President’s Awards (for Mentors, Community Lawyers, Rising Star and more).
The NSW Law and Justice Foundation Award is also accepting nominations up to 29 July 2011, here. A number of different categories such as the Justice Award, the Aboriginal Justice Award and a Volunteer Award are available.
The NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards are accepting nominations until 31 July 2011, form is a download here. There are a number of categories available.
The Human Rights Award 2011 accept nominations up to 9 September 2011, forms are here. Categories include the Human Rights Medal, Young Persons Award, Law, community and Business Awards and four categories for Media.
Thinking bigger? What about the Australian of the Year? Nominations are closing late August, and can be submitted at the website here. 128 Australians (16 in each state/territory) will be acknowledged for their contributions, and there are a couple of different categories (Young, Senior, Local Hero) so your chances are expanded.
You have to plan longer term to nominate someone for an Order of Australia, as the lead time is about 18 months; appointments are publicly announced on Australia Day (26 January) and the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (June) and you can submit at any time. The Womens Leadership Institute Australia and Our Community have launched a campaign to boost the number of women recognised through the Australia honours system. The guide – Advancing Women: Women & the Order of Australia is available here. Anyone can nominate a person for an honour, see the material here.
If your law society, community group or professional association has an award you would like to promote, please leave a comment here.