Women's advocate recognised – congratulations from the IEU

The IEU congratulates Ludo McFerran, finalist in the 2015 Human Rights Community Awards.

Ludo has done considerable work and research involving workplaces and unions, raising awareness of the personal impact of family and domestic violence.

She has had a key role in designing approaches to family violence that focus on housing stability and avoiding homelessness.

Her advocacy in recent years has focused on family violence leave being incorporated into workplace agreements.

Her work inspired the inclusion of rights to personal and carer’s leave for family and domestic violence reasons in many enterprise agreements, including the 2015 Catholic systemic teacher and support staff enterprise agreements.

“The Community Award recognises individuals and organisations that work for a fairer and more just Australia, often on a voluntary basis,” Commission President Gillian Triggs said.

“It is fitting that several of the finalists are working to counter violence against women, at a time when domestic violence has been recognised as a blight on the country,” Professor Triggs said.