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This Is What Bravery Looks Like

Bravery is not merely asking for equal rights but demanding them.

Every day, Brave women here in Perth, across Australia, and all over the world are taking what’s theirs, and urging others to do the same. Here is a short list of ladies to inspire you to always stand for equality and positive change, whether it be on an international, national, local, or even personal level.

YOU ARE BRAVE.

Malala Yousafzai 

“Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons”.

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Malala was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan in 2012, after they issued a death threat against her for speaking publicly about women’s right to education. She survived this attack, and went on to launch the Malala fund in 2013 to raise awareness. At her current age of 20, Malala is a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations, a published author and in 2014 won the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest recipient to date.

Tanya Denning-Orman

“It is vital that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people see themselves positively reflected on television and in the media”.

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Tanya is a Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr woman who works as the Channel Manager for Australia’s Indigenous channel National Indigenous Television (NITV), a division of television channel SBS. She has worked in the media industry since 1997, and has achieved mainstream exposure on issues affecting the Indigenous community.

Tanya is responsible for the management of programming, NITV-produced news and current affairs programs. She received the National Drug and Alcohol award for Excellence in Media Reporting in 2004 for her SBS series on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A core achievement of Tanya’s work at SBS has been successfully leading NITV through a period of rapid change, from a small subscription-based channel into a respected and trusted national free-to-air media brand within a challenging climate of changing technology. Tanya spoke last year at the annual Long Walk Women’s Luncheon on the importance of Indigenous led and self-determined media.

Amber Blake

“You don’t need to be famous or rich to influence the world to be a more positive place. Simply writing a letter or signing a petition has more power than you can imagine.”

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Amber lives in Perth and has worked in communications for the Federal Government since 2001. Her main tasks include translating legal-speak into everyday language, writing speeches and website content. Back in the 1990s Amber joined an Amnesty letter writing group at school, starting her interest in how regular people can support human rights. More recently, Amber renewed her work with Amnesty through the local Mt Lawley Group and became involved in the Individuals at Risk national advisory team. This has led to delivering local training sessions and presenting at the WA Branch AGM on campaigns, Write for Rights and Brave. By utilizing her communications skills for Amnesty, new resources and improved campaigning strategies have been added to the activist toolkit.

Words by Rachel Cowcher

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