The Edna Ryan Awards…a feminist event not to be missed, held annually since 1998 to honour a great and much loved feminist activist. Edna Ryan ( b 1904 – d 1997 ) was a passionate advocate for equality and workers’ rights. After her death a group of friends set up the Awards to honour her memory and to encourage women to continue her work.
Awards are given to women of NSW or ACT who have made a feminist difference in their own area of work, expertise, or interests. The women nominated do not have to be famous, just passionate and involved in bettering society for women. Many quiet achievers are put forward to the Ednas Committee. The awards rely completely on the feminist community sending in nominations.
2014 EDNA Awards :
Hawzin Azeez, a Kurdish refugee who created “The Middle Eastern Feminist” Facebook page
Zoya Patel the editor-in-chief of “Lip Magazine” and creator of the “Feminartsy” website.
Bronwyn Culling, a WIPAN mentor and role model
Lin Cooper who devoted 26 years to the “Lillian Howell Project” supporting victims of family violence
Roxanne McMurray who stands up for the most vulnerable through countless feminist organisations
The Bush Lemons, a bush walking support group for lesbians. Continue reading