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Marilyn Waring honoured by human rights award

14 May 2013

Tireless human rights work has seen AUT's Professor Marilyn Waring receive the Amnesty International Aotearoa NZ Human Rights Defender Award for 2013.

Marilyn Waring displays her Amnesty International award for defending human rights.

The award honours one person or group's remarkable contribution to the protection, defence and promotion of human rights, celebrates some of the finest attributes Amnesty International believe it is possible to have and it recognises those who promote and protect human rights in New Zealand and the Pacific through peaceful and non-violent means.

"This is such an honour for me. I have very long memories of Amnesty in my years of activism," said Waring after receiving the award.

The calibre of the other nominees meant Waring was surprised by her win.

"It was very unexpected. I feel very honour... The other nominees are hugely effective human rights workers and people whose work I really honour."

Amnesty International’s executive director Grant Bayldon presented the award and made a speech detailing Waring’s work in New Zealand and internationally. He made special mention of her focus on others.

"When judging the award we especially noted the way you have worked to bring on the next generation of human rights defenders, proof that right back to the early days it's never been about you but about the lives of others.

"NZ and the region are in better shape because of your tireless work."

Although hard to decide two of her biggest achievements and passions when it comes to human rights were gaining legal and economic recognition for those who act as home-based care workers 24/7 for family members, and marriage equality.

"You never do it on your own [though]. You do it with a community of people. I played a very small part. It is the efforts of 100s and 1000s of people. I think of myself as a cog in the wheel of human rights. We all are, unless you are Nelson Mandela."

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