Muslim woman wins prize dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg

August 8, 2014 by Roz Tarszisz
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Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello has announced Maha Krayem Abdo, Executive Officer of the Muslim Women’s Association, as the winner of this year’s NSW Human Rights Award during a ceremony at State Parliament.


Andrew Penfold [2nd left], Maha Krayem Abdo and Victor Dominello

Felice Montrone, Andrew Penfold [2nd left], Maha Krayem Abdo, Victor Dominello and Hakan Harman

Mr Dominello said the award, now in its second year, was dedicated in memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust by providing protective passports and setting up safe houses.

“The award gives special recognition to a person who has made lasting and meaningful contributions to the advancement of human rights in NSW.

“Ms Krayem Abdo is a most deserving winner of this award. The judging panel found her to be a standout among a field of high-calibre candidates, commending her as a champion of multiculturalism and advocate for the elimination of racial and gender discrimination.

“She is a renowned Muslim leader and mentor and has worked tirelessly over the past 25 years to empower young women and promote harmony between multicultural communities.

“She has taken a leading role in working with religious leaders from other communities in NSW to support inter-faith initiatives which foster greater understanding and tolerance.

“Ms Krayem Abdo, who migrated to Australia from Lebanon during the 1960s, established the Muslim Women’s Support Centre, a refuge for women escaping family and domestic violence. In 2008 she was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her work in this field.

“She will serve as Human Rights Ambassador for 12 months and through the Community Relations Commission, the NSW Government is proud to support her work to promote human rights issues at events, schools and conferences,” Mr Dominello said

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