Gillian Triggs: Standing up for human rights in the land down under

By Lauren Anthony

Gillian Triggs

Empowering women all over the world are spreading awareness of women’s issues and standing up for what they believe in. This week, our blog is focusing on empowering women who have left or continue to make great strides in women’s rights that are not taken into account.

Packing our bags, we will be travelling down to Australia, the land down under, to look at Gillian Triggs. Triggs won Australia’s Woman of the Year award in 2015 and was one of many other women who have taken incredible strides to help women in Australia.

Gillian went off to study law at the University of Melbourne. After receiving her PhD in territorial sovereignty from Melbourne University, she travelled in the United States and other areas such as Antartica, Asia, London, and Paris. Prior to her job in 2012 she wrote books, did social justice projects and was a dean at the Sydney University Law school. In 2012, she accepted a job in Australia’s Human Rights Commission.

Her focus as part of the human rights commission was on children’s rights. Specifically she was focused on the placement of children in mandatory immigration detention centers. She went to the Villawood Detention Centre to get some insight on how this is affecting not only the children, but also the women. Her drive to not give up on these children and women and not let anything hold her back is what prompted so many to nominate her for the 2015 Woman of the Year award.

Her hopes for the future include a will to help remove 200 children in detention centers on Nauru  within the next year. As for mandatory offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru, it is not certain yet. Her time as president of the human rights commission will end next year in 2017, but that is not the end for Triggs. What is in store for her next is yet to be seen, but I am sure that it will be just as amazing as what she has done since 2012.

While residing in Sydney, Australia  with her two children and husband Alan Brown, Triggs has accomplished quite a lot before taking this position as president of the human rights commission. She was involved in academia between 2005-2012. Her main goal has been able to make sure that Australians, specifically children, are aware of the human rights they have.

Women like Gillian Triggs have a profound impact when it comes to women’s rights around the world. The recognition she has received as an empowering figure has helped to bring awareness to real issues that are happening. Hopefully this gives other women around the world the chance to speak up about rights they are not receiving and to make this world a little more equal for both men and women.

If you are interested in hearing about Gillian Triggs’ story, you can go to the link provided here or you can go to this link and read more about her growing up, academics, work background and family background. You can also check out the 2015 Women of the Year Finalists including Triggs and others who have created greater awareness of women’s rights in Australia.


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