Nominations open for Women of the West Awards

Recipients of the Women of the West Awards 2020

Western Sydney University is calling for nominations for the Women of the West Awards 2021.

An annual initiative by the University, the Awards aim to recognise the extraordinary women of Western Sydney whose significant contributions are empowering our communities.

Western Sydney University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise and International) Professor Deborah Sweeney invited community members to nominate a remarkable woman in their lives.

“The Women of the West Awards celebrate and provide a platform for the diverse and exceptional women of our region,” said Professor Sweeney.

“Following this year, it’s particularly important to reflect on and acknowledge the achievements, leadership and resilience shown by women in Western Sydney.”

Parramatta resident and Bachelor of Physiotherapy student, Sampavi Sivakumar was one of the women recognised in the 2020 Awards.

“Being recognised was extraordinary. It was a moment to reflect and to be grateful for the accomplishments of women across history and to be proud of how strong we are,” said Ms Sivakumar.

“The Women of the West Awards are a way to appreciate and show our ongoing support towards the representation and recognition of women — I encourage everyone to nominate and empower the inspiring women in their lives.”

Sampavi Sivakumar, Young Woman of the West 2020

Established in 2005, the Women of the West Awards showcase the inspirational leadership, diversity and strength of women in Western Sydney in the categories of Woman of the West (Business), Woman of the West (Community) and Young Woman of the West (18-30 years).

Winners will be announced at an event to celebrate International Women's Day in partnership with the Coleman Greig Women in Business Forum.

For more information on the initiative and how to nominate, please visit the Women of the West Awards website (opens in a new window).

Nominations close at 5pm on 18 January 2021.


16 December 2020

Ali Sardyga, Media Officer

Photo credit: Sally Tsoutas