Local women receive recognition

Kiama residents Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey and Kimberley Abbott have both won awards at the University of Wollongong’s Night of the Fellowship and Alumni Awards Dinner.

Dr Rodgers-Healey received the Social Impact Award for her work as the Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women.

Kimberley Abbott was presented with the Uni-versity’s Young Alumni Award. She is the founder of the social enterprise Roka Jewellery, which economically empowers women at the Marahali Bande quarry in Bangalore by selling the jewellery they make from the waste product (a fine dust) of the local granite quarries.

She founded Roka after travelling to India as a student in 2012 with the 40K Foundation.

In 2015, Kimberley, who helped found the ‘Yes WE (Women Engineers) Can!’ Girls in Engineering Program at UOW, was selected to attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women as Australia’s NGO Delegate and acted as an Advisor to the Minister in the drafting of the policies and action platform.

“I am extremely pleased that both Kimberley and Diann have been duly recognised for their enormous hard work, dedication and ongoing contributions in our local community,” says Gareth Ward MP.


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