Clare Condon, the leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, has won the 2013 Human Rights Medal for her work in helping victims of domestic violence, reports AAP in The Australian.
Sister Clare Condon was presented with the honour by last year's winner, Olympian Ian Thorpe, at a ceremony in Sydney last night.
Sr Clare, who's been a nun with the Sisters for about 40 years, has helped provide housing for women and children who experience domestic violence and also worked with indigenous women to develop a painting and silk venture.
Sr Clare told the 200-strong crowd she was humbled by the award, accepted it on behalf of all the sisters who had fought for human rights in Australia for 156 years. 'Thank you for honouring the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. May they continue to work for the dignity of every person,' she told the animated audience.
Organisers for the Human Rights Awards, held in the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay, had to assess a record number of nominations to find the 2013 winner.
Good Sams leader wins Human Rights award (The Australian)
Human Rights Medal awarded to Sister Clare Condon (Human Rights Commission website)