Nyadol Nyuon

Human rights and refugee advocate

2022 VIC Australian of the Year Nominee

Lawyer, writer, speaker, volunteer, mother of two and former refugee, Nyadol Nyuon is an advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, refugees and those seeking asylum.

Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia after her family escaped the Sudanese Civil War, Nyadol arrived in Melbourne in 2005 where she completed a law degree at the University of Melbourne.

In 2018, after speaking publicly on race and human rights issues – including exaggerated media coverage of so-called African gangs and COVID-19 law-breakers – she was the target of racist online harassment and abuse.

Despite this, Nyadol has continued to be a powerful voice for human rights. She’s an Advisory Committee Member of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and Chair of Harmony Alliance – Australia's migrant and refugee women’s coalition, where she’s empowering migrant women, including improving their digital literacy.

Nyadol has won the Harmony Alliance Award, the Afro-Australian Student Organisation‘s Unsung Hero Award and was co-winner of the Tim McCoy Prize.