Chanel Contos named 2023 NSW Young Woman of the Year

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Chanel Contos has been named the 2023 NSW Young Woman of the Year in recognition of her work as an advocate for consent at the NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Chanel Contos is the founder of the “Teach Us Consent” movement, promoting the importance of sexual consent education in schools. As a result of her work, consent education has been mandated in all Australian schools from Kindergarten to Year 10.

NSW Minister for Women, Bronnie Taylor, congratulated Ms Contos on her award stating it was deserved recognition of her commitment to reduce sexual violence and domestic violence towards young girls and women in Australia.

“Congratulations to Chanel – an inspirational leader who empowers young women and girls to have confidence in speaking up about consent and helping to build a safer future for women,” Mrs Taylor said.

NSW Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Natalie Ward, said Ms Contos has initiated one of Australia’s most successful education campaigns.

“Sexual assault is not an easy topic to talk about, but Chanel’s positive campaign has managed to break down those barriers and raise awareness within the community about safer behaviours,” Mrs Ward said. 

“Chanel’s initiative highlights that just one idea from an Instagram post can start a powerful conversation to drive positive change within our society.”

Chanel Contos.

The NSW Young Woman of the Year is awarded to a NSW woman aged 18-30 years who has demonstrated incredible potential or achievement in her chosen field, passion, or area of interest.

The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to supporting women’s economic opportunities, health and wellbeing, and participation and empowerment.

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