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2014 NSW Human Rights Award


Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM

Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM

(left to right) Cav. Felice Montrone OAM, Depty Chairperson CRC Multicultural NSW, Mr Andrew Penfold, Winner 2013 NSW Human Rights Award, Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM Winner 2014 NSW Human Rights Award, Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Hakan Harman, Chief Executive Officer, CRC Multicultural NSW

(left to right) Cav. Felice Montrone OAM, Depty Chairperson CRC Multicultural NSW, Mr Andrew Penfold, Winner 2013 NSW Human Rights Award, Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM, Winner 2014 NSW Human Rights Award, Victor Dominello, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Hakan Harman, Chief Executive Officer, CRC Multicultural NSW

Ms Maha Krayem Abdo OAM was awarded the 2014 NSW Human Rights Award on 7 August 2014. This Award gives recognition to a person who has made a lasting and meaningful contribution to the advancement of human rights.

Ms Krayem Abdo is currently the Executive Officer of the Muslim Women’s Association which is the peak representative body of Muslim women in Australia. She has been empowering women and youth from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds for a quarter of a century and has held numerous consultancy and advisory roles associated with the elimination of discrimination and promotion of multiculturalism.

One of her key achievements was the establishment of the Muslim Women’s Support Centre which is a refuge for both Muslim and non-Muslim women who are escaping family and domestic violence.

Her passion for social justice and equality is endless and she continues to remain a strong advocate for the community. Ms Krayem Abdo will serve as the NSW Human Rights Ambassador for 12 months.