The "Women Hold Up Half The Sky Award" acknowledges the outstanding contribution of women in the community

 The award, which recognises an outstanding woman who has made a great contribution to the community, is part of the Australia Day awards and honours and is jointly coordinated by the Office for Women.

The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award has taken its name from a well-known piece of art by internationally recognised South Australian artist Ann Newmarch AO.

Minister for the Status of Women, Zoe Bettison, says the award is important in ensuring that the valued contribution women make to our community does not go unnoticed.

“The Women Hold Up Half the Sky award recognises a South Australian woman who acts as role model and has inspired us through her accomplishments,” the Minister said.

“This award is an excellent opportunity to celebrate these achievements". 

Nominations for this award are open!

Download the nomination form

The closing date for nominations is Friday 2 December, 2016

Past Winners

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2016 - commendation - Judith Wirtz

Judith is an incredible person who is celebrating her 25th Anniversary of volunteering for the Warradale Branch of Meals on Wheels and has also served on the committee as the Client Welfare Officer since the early 1990s. Judith is a great example of selfless volunteering for the betterment of ones community.

Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award 2016 - Tara Fatehi

Born into a Kurdish family in war-torn Kurdistan, Tara Fatehi fled her homeland at the age of three. After migrating to Australia, Tara was determined to give back to her community. A PhD student studying medicine, Tara has founded the Adelaide Kurdish Youth Society with the aim of helping her community promote its rich culture and forge strong ties within Australian society. She also co-founded the Kurdistan Health Project and is an Australian Ambassador for youth-led charities such as the Wham project which aims to create the largest English library in South Kurdistan and Iraq. Passionate about social justice, Tara uses her education, knowledge and experience to help migrants and refugees build a better life in Australia.

 Congratulations Tara!

Please contact the Australia Day Council office on (08) 8463 5436 if you have any questions or would like further information.