Nyadol Nyuon OAM was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. In 2005, at the age of eighteen, she moved to Australia as a refugee.
In 2022 she was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her service to human rights and refugee women. Since then, Nyadol has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne and worked as a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler.
Nyadol is a vocal advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of people with refugee experiences and those seeking asylum. She has worked and volunteered extensively in these areas with a range of organisations.
Nyadol is also a regular media commentator in these areas, having appeared on ABC’s The Drum, as a panellist on Q&A and contributing to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and the Saturday Paper, to name just a few.
In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Future Justice Prize.
In 2018 her efforts to combat racism were widely recognised, with achievements including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me Award. The prestigious award was in recognition of her advocacy and activism on behalf of the Australian-African and Melbourne’s South Sudanese communities. Nyadol also received the Harmony Alliance Award for significant contribution to empowering migrant and refugee women, and was a co-winner of the Tim McCoy Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the South Sudanese Community. She also received the Afro-Australian Student Organisation‘s Unsung Hero Award.
On Resilience: As a refugee and an immigrant, Nyadol has had to be resilient and knows that resilience is a skill everyone needs in an ever-changing world. In her resilience speeches, Nyadol shares what she has learned from her personal journey and how one can practice resilience in their life.
Reflect on ways you can live a meaningful life even during challenging times
Attitudes & mindsets one can cultivate to build resilience
The steps Nyadol takes when faced with a difficult issue
Diversity & Inclusion: Nyadol is passionate about countries and organizations reflecting its diversity and works with organisations and individuals to discuss the challenges and solutions to improving cultural diversity. Nyadol's approach is to have an honest, sometimes difficult conversations, with organisations and individuals.
The goal is to challenge people views, to affirm the proven benefit of diversity in the workplace and to assist in raising awareness, and if organisations are prepared, assisted them in developing a framework for working with linguistically and culturally diverse groups.
Nyadol's Story:Nyadol was born and raised in several refugee camps and separated from her mother at a very young age before moving to a new country to start all over again.
Nyadol’s story will leave audiences feeling inspired with a deeper appreciation of the challenges faced by refugees, and insight into experiences of racism and discrimination.
Audiences will leave feeling inspired in their own lives
Find your voice and the passion to support causes or initiatives you believe in
Discover how to be an agent of change
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