This year’s inductees were recognised for their achievements in medicine, robotics, climate change, aged care, emergency services, policing, community service, social justice and the arts.
They were honoured in the categories of Change Agent, Emerging Leader, Leading Through Disaster, Local Champion and Trailblazer.
The Honour Roll promotes gender equality by recognising women’s leadership, placing women’s achievements on the public record and showing future generations that anything is possible – because you can’t be what you can’t see.
Since the Honour Roll began in 2001, more than 700 women have been inducted.
This year sees the youngest ever inductee in Anjali Sharma in the Emerging Leader category, who at 18 years old inspires others with her activism in the School Strikes 4 Climate and with the Sharma and others v Environment Minister class action case about the future harms of climate change.
In the Trailblazer category, Karen Milward has built a successful business and reputation as one of Victoria's leading First Nations consultants. She chairs a number of First Nations organisations and now leads a one-of-a-kind First Nations women's leadership program called ECHO – Empowering Connections, Healing Ourselves.
And Local Champion Joy Sawiche Juma, a highly skilled intensive care paediatric nurse, is chair of the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council where she plays a key role in supporting migrants and refugees, bringing diverse communities together, advocating for appropriate services and practices, and providing a warm welcome to new residents.
Find out more about this year’s Victorian Honour Roll of Women inductees on www.vic.gov.au.