Victorians will nominate remarkable women who are inspirational for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women Award 2011. The inductees will be announced as part of International Women’s Day next March. Nominations close on October 13, 2010; more information is available at: www.women.vic.gov.au
Women’s Affairs Minister Maxine Morand explained that the Honour Roll celebrates the important contributions women have made to Victoria. “The honour roll is a great opportunity for all Victorians to recognise the achievements of women from all sections of the community” Ms. Morand stated.
Executive Director of the Australian Greek Welfare Society Voula Messimeri-Kianidis was nominated for the Victorian Honour Roll of Women Award in 2007. As the first female chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA), Ms. Messimeri-Kianidis said that the award is among many positive initiatives to recognise the contributions of women. “Councils are recognising women increasingly; we’re seeing recognition for women in community work and there are a number of these types of initiatives, like the honour roll and the premier’s award, under the Victorian multicultural umbrella, which have extended recognition to women and importantly to migrant and refugee women” Ms. Messimeri-Kianidis told Neos Kosmos.
Ms. Messimeri-Kianidis said the introduction of the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2001 was particularly succesfull for its recognition of women from all backgrounds.
(source: Neos kosmos)