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Stella Young, a passionate advocate for women, disability and humour

December 8, 2014 / Our Watch media team

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Comedian, journalist, disability advocate and Our Watch ambassador Stella Young passed away on 6 December 2014.

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Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Chair of Our Watch, said that Stella Young’s passion, dedication and quick wit were assets to her role as ambassador for the organisation.

“This is devastating news,” she said.

“Stella Young was a fearless advocate and activist. She was clever and funny and one of Our Watch’s champions for gender equality and eliminating violence against women.

“Stella was instrumental in helping to shift the misconceptions and stereotypes about disability.

“She played a key role in our efforts to highlight how women with disabilities are more likely to experience intimate partner violence than other groups in society and the appalling fact that 90% of Australian women with an intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual abuse.

“She dealt with her disabilities as we would all like to think we would, but her courage went far beyond that to teaching others a  new and better way of seeing one another.

“Our condolences to her friends and family” said Ms Stott Despoja.

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Laurelle Keough (laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930)

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