Date: 
Friday 6 November 2015

Australian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs has congratulated the finalists of the 2015 Racism. It Stops With Me Award.

“We received many high calibre nominations for the Commission’s newest award category, the Racism. It Stops With Me Award,” Professor Triggs said.

“The five finalists have made an extraordinary contribution to preventing and responding to racism in the community, and I congratulate each of them on their achievements.”

Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane said each of the organisations have demonstrated a commitment to tackling racism and building social cohesion.

“Despite our success as a multicultural society, many Australians continue to face racial discrimination at work, at school, on the sporting field or in the community,” Commissioner Soutphommasane said.

“At a time of increased anxiety over extremism and a revitalisation of racist movements, these deserving finalists are taking practical action against racism and demonstrating that our society is stronger when we uphold civility and respect.”

The 2015 Racism. It Stops With Me Award finalists are:

  • Football Federation Victoria: A leader in tackling racism in sport, Football Federation Victoria’s ‘Don’t Stand By, Stand Up’ campaign addresses racism at multiple levels of the sporting code. The campaign includes a ‘pledge program’ involving 52 clubs, a ‘Respect and Responsibility’ course, appointment of ambassadors, a video campaign, and tools and resources to help clubs manage and respond to racism.
     
  • Multicultural Development Association: An active participant in the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, the Multicultural Development Association has been spreading the anti-racism message in a number of diverse communities. The Queensland based organisation strives to create welcoming, inclusive and socially cohesive communities. It has undertaken an extraordinary number of promotional events and activities over the past two years, with impressive reach and impact.
     
  • All together Now: National charity All Together Now has undertaken some strong anti-racism programs in recent years, underpinned by a robust evidence base. Projects include the award-winning One Parramatta initiative and the Community Action to Prevent Extremism programs. Its innovative Everyday Racism mobile phone app achieved 6,000 downloads in a matter of weeks, demonstrating the reach and impact of All Together Now programs.
     
  • Hobsons Bay City Council: Hobsons Bay City Council has implemented a strong and coordinated approach to combatting racism and promoting cultural diversity, both within the council and in the local community. Anti-racism activities included training sessions for council staff, a diversity and anti-discrimination audit resulting in development of an action plan, and the successful ‘Behind This Smile’ community art project.
     
  • Tasmanian Students Against Racism: What started as a grassroots movement in 2008, Students Against Racism has grown into a productive and effective education and advocacy group involving more than 220 young presenters and 10,000 participants. The Students Against Racism workshop has been included in University and TAFE courses in Tasmania, and has recently been piloted as part of the Tasmanian Police Recruit Training Course.

 

The Human Rights Awards will be held from 12.00pm–3.00pm on Thursday 10 December at the Westin Hotel in Sydney.

The event will include a keynote address by President Professor Gillian Triggs on ‘The Future of Human Rights in Australia’.

For more information or to reserve a ticket visit https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/