In September 2020, Melbourne lawyer, human rights advocate and former refugee Nyadol Nyuon was appointed the new chair of Australia’s migrant and refugee women’s coalition, Harmony Alliance. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia where her family fled to escape the Second Sudanese Civil War, Ms Nyuon came to Australia as a refugee in 2005. Arriving in Melbourne aged 18 with the dream of becoming a lawyer, she obtained her VCE and studied a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University before being accepted into law school at Melbourne University. Ms Nyuon now works as a lawyer in Melbourne. About three years ago she started speaking publicly on race and human rights issues, including media coverage of so-called African gangs, and more recently, COVID-19 law-breakers.
- Ayor Makur Chuot is elected to be Australia’s first South Sudanese MP
- Nyadol Nyuon becomes the first African Australian woman to be appointed the chairperson of a national multicultural peak body in Australia
- June Oscar AO becomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Women’s March
- Fiona Simson elected first female president of National Farmers Federation