2015 ACT Women's Award Recipients


Women' Award Recipients

Zoya Patel, Minister for Women, Yvette Berry MLA, Robyn Beetham, Robyn Martin

Young Woman of the Year
Zoya Patel

Zoya PatelZoya is the Editor-in-Chief of Lip Magazine.

Under her leadership the magazine has become a thriving online publication for young women that aims to provide intelligent and thoughtful content for its readership. Lip provides a wide range of thoughts, opinions and views in the hope of offering something for everyone.

Zoya has been enabling and celebrating the incredible variety and diversity of feminist writers and artists in the ACT through publications, websites and public events. And when she is not dedicating a large part her time to these projects, she is working full-time at the YWCA, promoting programs that support the betterment of Canberra women and girls.

By raising the profile of feminist issues through the media, Zoya has helped provide accessible pathways into feminism for young women, which in turn, has assisted in motivating the next generation of young Canberra feminists.

Senior Woman of the Year
Robyn Beetham

Robyn BeethamRobyn has lived and worked in Canberra for over 50 years, and after retiring from the Commonwealth Public Service as the division head of the Department of Primary Industries, she continues to be actively involved in much volunteer work in the community.
In her role has a local leader and mentor, Robyn’s ability to touch the lives of many local women and girls is immeasurable. She is currently the President of the University of the Third Age and runs a current affairs course.

Robyn has served as the President of the Rotary Woden Chapter and provided mentoring to young women leaders through the Club’s Youth Development Projects. She is also a strong supporter of the Well Wisher’s Foundation, contributing funds to provide clean water in Ethiopia. Even with this level of responsibility and duty, Robyn still finds time to volunteer for St Vincent de Paul and the Canberra Palliative Care Society.

Robyn has displayed commitment to the local community and to improving the lives of women at a grassroots level for many decades.

Woman of the YearRobyn Martin

Robyn MartinRobyn is a Kamilaroi woman from Collarenebri, North Western NSW and has been living in the Canberra region for the past 32 years. As an active member of the Canberra and Queanbeyan Aboriginal community, Robyn is the Deputy Chair of Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Corporation and a representative of the First Point steering group.

Robyn is passionate and proactive on the issues concerning the most vulnerable women in the ACT. She has been a key advocate for the partnership between Beryl Women, Toora Women and the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre in developing the Coming Home program which supports women exiting custody.

Robyn has dedicated herself to the support of thousands of women and girls escaping domestic and family violence in the Canberra region. She has worked in the women’s sector for the past 20 years, firstly at Gunyah Women’s Housing in Queanbeyan and currently at Beryl Women Incorporated.

Robyn is invaluable as a leader and strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.