Women in Community Life Awards categories

There are six Women in Community Life Awards categories.

1. Women in Community Life - Overall winner

The overall winner is presented to the most impressive winner from the general awards categories.

Women in Community Life Advisory Council members and award sponsors make up the selection panel to choose the overall winner. The overall ‘Women in Community Life Award’ recipient is selected from the five specialist category winners who have increased participation, representation and leadership of women and girls by breaking down gender stereotypes.

With this award we get to recognise and celebrate the achievements of an outstanding woman or woman led organisation in creating a healthy, vibrant, diverse and inclusive community.


2. First Nations Woman in Community Life Award

This award acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living and/or working in Geelong whose leadership and advocacy have improved the lives of people from their community.

The nomination must clearly demonstrate how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Greater Geelong region. Examples might include:

  • working towards inclusive practices
  • supporting cultural activities
  • advocating for human rights and self determination
  • promoting health and education
  • leadership and governance
  • supporting employment and economic independence
  • youth work and
  • community development.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be:

  • a woman living and/or working in the Greater Geelong region who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or
  • a community organisation/group led by a woman who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
Note: Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination in the same category.

3. Women in Community Life for Human Rights and Gender Equality Award

This award acknowledges the impact women have made to promote and advocate for human rights and gender equality within our region.

The nomination must clearly demonstrate how the nominee has contributed to improved human rights and gender equality within the Greater Geelong region. Examples might include:

  • action to overcome discrimination
  • encouraging greater social harmony within the community in areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability
  • countering age or sex discrimination
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be:

  • a woman living and/or working in the Greater Geelong region or
  • a community organisation/group led by a woman.
Note: Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination in the same category.

4. Women in Community Life Living with a Disability Award

This award acknowledges the achievements and contribution of Geelong women living with a disability.

The nomination must clearly demonstrate how the nominee has addressed stereotypes, and raised the profile of, women and girls living with a disability within the Greater Geelong region. Examples might include:

  • working towards inclusive practices
  • taking up leadership opportunities
  • advocating for women living with disabilities within the Greater Geelong region.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be:

  • a woman living and/or working in the Greater Geelong region with a disability or
  • in a current leadership role, such as:
    • committee/board
    • administration/operations
    • coaching/mentoring
    • coordination/team management, or
  • a community organisation/group led by a woman with a disability.
Note: Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination in the same category.

5. Women in Community Life Leading Gender Equality in Sport Award

This award acknowledges the achievements and contribution of Geelong women leaders in sport.

The nomination must clearly demonstrate how the nominee has actively promoted and led gender equality in sport, as well as building the capacity of their club to embrace women and girls in decision-making roles. Examples might include:

  • by working towards inclusive practices
  • by creating leadership opportunities
  • by advocating for gender equality in sporting games or clubs.

To be eligible for this award, the nominee must be:

  • a woman living and/or working in the Greater Geelong region and
  • in a current leadership role, such as:
    • committee/board
    • administration/operations
    • coaching/mentoring
    • coordination/team management.
Note: Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination in the same category.

6. Women in Community Life Leadership in Women’s Health Award

This award acknowledges women who are fostering excellence in women’s health and wellbeing across the Greater Geelong region.

The nomination must clearly demonstrate how the nominee has, through their actions, improved the health status of women or girls within the Greater Geelong region. Examples might include:

  • advocating for healthier lunches in schools, workplaces and/or community groups
  • designing and/or implementing approaches that give women and girls greater agency and improved choices
  • encouraging a health change within a social setting, such as walking groups
  • volunteering to help women gain access to health services
  • influencing local health departments/organisations in fostering sustainable health promotion projects.

To be eligible for this award the nominee must be:

  • a woman living and/or working in the Greater Geelong region or
  • in a current leadership role, such as:
    • committee/board
    • administration/operations
    • coaching/mentoring
    • coordination/team management, or
  • a community organisation/group led by a woman.
Note: Previous winners of this award are not eligible for nomination in the same category.




Page last updated: Friday, 17 January 2020

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