Lawyer and anti-domestic violence advocate, Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan, has been recognised by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian for her pro bono legal work with refugee and migrant women.

Ms Berejiklian presented the Stepan Kerkysharian AO Harmony Medal to Dr Chandrika Subramaniyan at the Premier’s Harmony Dinner tonight.

“Dr Subramaniyan has devoted herself to helping migrants and women, particularly as a tireless advocate seeking to reduce violence against women,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“As well as giving pro bono advice to women from culturally diverse backgrounds, Dr Subramaniyan regularly holds community forums on domestic abuse, child protection, elder abuse, and legal education community forums.”

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Dr Subramaniyan has worked in the Australian migrant resource and legal sectors for 20 years.

“I was inspired to study law after working in the migrant resource sector where I met many refugee and migrant women that desperately needed legal support,” Dr Subramaniyan said.

“Violence against women is a big issue and can be more difficult to navigate by women from diverse cultures, they need to know their rights.”

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said he was delighted the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government recognised community members who have dedicated their lives to harmony in NSW.

“Tonight we celebrate people from all walks of life who have made extraordinary contributions to our multicultural society. NSW would not be the same without the everyday champions amongst us,” Mr Williams said.