Final five announced for Racism. It Stops With Me award
Five finalists have been selected for the 2016 Racism. It Stops With Me award, to be presented on 9 December as part of the annual Human Rights Awards.
The Racism. It Stops With Me award recognises the contribution of individuals and organisations to reducing and preventing racism in Australia. It was won last year by Tasmanian Students Against Racism, a grassroots education and advocacy group.
Award judges said the five finalists this year are the National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (VIC), Welcome to Australia (SA), Beyond Blue (VIC), All Together Now (NSW), and Ms Fadzi Whande (WA).
The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters Council (NEMBC) is the peak organisation of ethnic community broadcasters in Australia. It harnesses the expertise of more than 4000 volunteers from 125 cultural groups to broadcast over 2000 hours of programs each week, in English, Congolese, Punjabi, Farsi, Filipino and other languages.
Welcome to Australia is responsible for the Walk Together event, which brings together thousands of people from nearly 30 towns and cities to celebrate diversity and promote compassion and generosity.
Welcome to Australia has also devised the Welcoming Cities project, which seeks to address and embrace the challenges and opportunities of migration by working with local government and communities to create more welcoming and inclusive communities.
Beyond Blue’s Invisible Discriminator campaign successfully highlighted the impact of insidious, subtle racism and discrimination on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Using TV commercials and clear and accessible information on mental health and discrimination, Beyond Blue’s campaign focused on the link between racial discrimination and psychological distress.
In 2014, All Together Now launched the Everyday Racism mobile phone app, designed to build empathy with people who are the targets of racism.
Recently, All Together Now adapted the Everyday Racism app for school students aged 8 to 10. The new app is called Kids Together Now. It allows primary school teachers to take kids through interactive storylines to promote positive relationships.
Ms Fadzi Whande campaigns against family violence in CALD communities in Western Australia, working with organisations such as UN Women, White Ribbon and the Humanitarian Group Community Legal Centre.
Ms Whande has implemented a program called Courageous Conversations About Race, and is working with the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Department of Corrective Services to address systemic barriers and unconscious bias towards marginalised groups.
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The Racism. It Stops With Me Award is proudly sponsored by the Delegation of the European Union to Australia.