Our Watch ambassador Sue Salthouse and Our Watch board member Vicky Welgraven have received Order of Australia honours today for their commitment to preventing violence against women and children as part of the January 26 honours list.
Ms Salthouse received the honour posthumously for her tireless and fearless commitment for advancing the rights of women with disabilities, while Ms Welgraven was recognised for her unwavering dedication to Indigenous health and significant service to women through social welfare organisations.
Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said she was proud to see Ms Salthouse and Ms Welgraven honoured through the General Division of the Order of Australia, which this year included the highest percentage of women (47 per cent) ever recognised.
“This honour is a welcoming tribute to Sue and Vicky’s work and their valuable contributions to advancing equality – for women with disabilities and First Nations women.
“There are many of us whose lives are better because of Sue and Vicky’s work. This is especially true for those of us who have been fortunate to know and work with them.
“Thanks to their dedication and impact, many women and girls will have futures that are safer, more just and respectful,” Ms Kinnersly said.
Ms Salthouse’s lasting legacy includes the development of a resource on the prevention of violence against women with disabilities, which she generously contributed and donated to. This will be launched in February by Our Watch and Women with Disabilities Victoria.
Ms Welgraven joined the Our Watch board in 2018 and has been a respected leader for the organisation as a proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. As part of the board, she has contributed to strong governance, the Our Watch Reconciliation Action Plan and the implementation of Changing the Picture, a national resource on ending violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
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About Our Watch
Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the practices, norms, and structures that lead to violence against women and children.