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Malvina Malinek OAM

Malvina has advocated for the rights of women, in particular migrant and refugee women, at the local, national and international level.

Honour Roll

After arriving in Australia as a stateless non-English-speaking migrant in 1949, Malvina has gone on to make an extraordinary contribution to Victoria and Australia through her work advocating for women's rights.

Malvina has always advocated for women's leadership and has consistently demonstrated this through numerous executive positions, including National President of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia in 1985–1991, Executive member of the NGO Status of Women Council in 2005, and Status of Women advisor for the National Council of Women of Victoria Steering Committee in 2013.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements, in 1991 Malvina was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for her service to the community, particularly women's affairs.

Many of her achievements have generated long-term benefits for the community locally, nationally and internationally. In particular, her research into thyroid function during pregnancy has undoubtedly had the greatest long-term impact for couples who have had trouble conceiving children.

Another of Malvina's significant achievements is her development of the brochure Respect for Women for the National Council of Women Victoria Inc, which highlighted women's rights and responsibilities. The brochure was subsequently launched at Parliament House in 2013 and received international acclaim at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

In addition, Malvina has always encouraged women to fully participate in community life. She has mentored a number of women and assisted in developing their skills and confidence through leadership positions.