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Aunty Joan receives WILPF Peacewomen Award - 25 November 2015

To celebrate 100 years of women standing up for peace and freedom, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Queensland held its Peacewomen Awards on 6 November 2015.


Aunty Joan Hendriks was honoured for her important work promoting peace and human rights and for her promotion of reconciliation and justice for First Nations people.


For a century, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has worked to end and prevent war by peaceful, nonviolent means, to have women represented at all levels in decision-making and peace-building, and to cultivate a pervading human rights culture.



The 2015 awards not only celebrate the “Peacewomen” of our own time but also honour the women who founded the organisation 100 years ago, and those who kept it strong ever since.


Other recipients in this year’s awards were:

University of Queensland Professor Carole Ferrier was honoured for her important research in the fields of gender studies and women’s literature.


WILPF recognised the dedication and persistence of women´s rights advocate and community developer May Lamont.


The fourth Peacewomen Award recipient was Dr Nora Amath-Rane, the chairperson of AMARAH, a Brisbane based NGO dedicated to raising awareness about Islam, promoting human rights, and environmental responsibility.


The College community congratulates Aunty Joan on receiving this prestigious award. We know how lucky we are to have her wisdom on tap as our Elder in Residence.