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WA Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership won by Albany’s Asha Bhat

Stuart McGuckinAlbany Advertiser
Southern Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Asha Bhat has won the 2024 WA Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Camera IconSouthern Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Asha Bhat has won the 2024 WA Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership. Credit: Supplied

Albany’s Asha Bhat has described her award for excellence in leadership as “a heartfelt tribute” to the women who supported and inspired her journey.

The Southern Aboriginal Corporation chief executive is among 10 Australians recognised by the Women in Leadership Australia annual awards for excellence in women’s leadership, with Ms Bhat winning the WA Award and the national prize going to Sam Mostyn.

Ms Bhat was recognised for her unwavering commitment to social justice and human rights over the past two decades since moving to Australia from India.

WLA chief executive Karen Taylor said the organisation was honoured to acknowledge Ms Bhat’s impact as a “leader, tirelessly pushing for awareness, action, justice and equity for women and marginalised groups”.

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“Through her work she has assisted thousands of women and children to gain employment, access housing and escape domestic violence,” she said.

“Whilst her mentoring creates pathways for young Indigenous individuals to contribute meaningfully to society while preserving their cultural heritage.”

Ms Bhat, who has led SAC since 2013, said receiving the award “fills me with immense thrill and honour”.

“As a dedicated advocate for women’s empowerment, WLA’s recognition holds profound significance,” she said.

“As a migrant Indian woman deeply committed to the realm of social justice, my passion revolves around uplifting disadvantaged women and girls, particularly those in rural and regional areas.

“This award goes beyond personal accomplishment, it is a heartfelt tribute to the collaborative efforts of the remarkable women who have served as pillars of support and inspiration throughout my journey.”

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