Honouring Women in Moreland Awards

Towards genuine equity

Towards genuine equity is the motto of the Honouring Women in Moreland Awards 2017.

The Awards honour all women as well as hose who support their deeds and significant contributions in the Moreland municipality.

The awards were announced at a celebration of International Women's Day on Thursday 9 March 2017.

Award winners

Award Winner – Individual – Jenni Smith

Growing up in Glenroy Jenni became acutely aware of social disadvantage and was encouraged by a school teacher to become an advocate for social change.

Throughout her career Jenni has focused on challenging gender inequality and combating gendered violence.

She has held roles as Academic, Lawyer and Legal Practice Manager and in policy, focusing on the difficulties facing Aboriginal women experiencing family violence.

Jenni became the CEO of the Northern Community Legal Centre in 2016 and has since that time worked to align the activities of the Centre to meet the needs of the most marginalised community members in the municipalities of Moreland and Hume.

Special Commendation – Individual – Jamuna Parajuli

In 2012 Jamuna founded Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria (DBSV) to promote Nepalese women’s participation in social, economic, cultural and other developmental activities. 

As the president of DBSV Jamuna has demonstrated leadership, passion and expertise in empowering women and advocating for refugee and asylum seekers issues and women’s rights in multicultural communities.

She established and coordinates a women’s wellbeing program in Glenroy and has successfully engaged the community about family violence. 

A workshop for business and community leaders last year was the first kind of its kind in the Nepalese community and highly valued by participants.

Special Commendation – Individual – Zainab Abou-Eid

Zainab has demonstrated commitment and leadership in promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality in Islamic communities as well as in the wider Australian community. 

At 19 years old she is an outspoken advocate and champion for various social justice causes, including family violence. Zainab hosted an event represented by the 'Board of Imams Victoria' on violence against women, and has further participated in many charity events that raise funds to assist children in poverty and war. 

Zainab was the first young Muslim woman to join the Moreland Oxygen Youth Committee and the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament Press Gallery program.

Winner – Group – Women’s Property Initiatives (Jeanette Large, CEO)

Women’s Property Initiatives is a not-for-profit, women-specific housing provider that has successfully partnered with government, philanthropic, community and business sectors to improve access to affordable housing for women in disadvantaged circumstances and their children.

200 women and children are currently housed around Melbourne, including 17 in Moreland.  Soon another six individuals will be housed in Moreland properties.

Tenants are linked up with local services for support and to help them establish social and other connections with their local community.