Gezel Bardossi named ‘One to Watch’ at NSW Women of the Year Awards   


The Greek Italian Australian teenager Gezel Bardossi has been recognised at this year’s NSW Women of the Year Awards for 2024.

Gezel, who’s mum Nikki is Greek, was nominated in the ‘Ones to Watch’ category of the awards.

Many other women and girls have also been recognised across six award categories, receiving the highest commendation for their contributions to community, industry and society in NSW.

Since 2012, the annual NSW Women of the Year Awards have played a key role in recognising the women and girls whose determination, bravery, skill and passion has inspired their communities and others to achieve great things.

The NSW Women of the Year Awards 2024 is a celebrated event at the heart of NSW Women’s Week, which runs from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 March and includes International Women’s Day on 8 March. 

2024 Women of the year-Awards recipients.

The award recipients for each of the six categories are:

  • Jessica Hill, Premier’s NSW Woman of Excellence 

Jessica is a Walkley Award–winning journalist, advocate and public speaker who specialises in the subjects of coercive control and gendered violence.

  • Monica Mudge, NSW Community Hero 

Monica is the visionary behind Treading Lightly Inc, a not-for-profit organisation that stands at the forefront of environmental advocacy in the Yuin region of NSW.

  • Theresa Mitchell, NSW Regional Woman of the Year 

Theresa founded Agape Outreach Inc in 2009, a charity that focuses on assisting the homeless and those in need. 

  • Dr Casey Sullivan, NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year 

Dr Sullivan, a proud Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, is a General Practitioner (GP) who owns her own medical practice in Tamworth – the first Indigenous privately-owned and managed GP practice in NSW.

  • Noor Azizah, NSW Young Woman of the Year

Noor, a Rohingya refugee, defied adversity to become a passionate advocate and educator. She is a co-founder and Director of the Rohingya Maìyafuìnor Collaborative Network, a Rohingya-led and refugee-led organisation. 

  • The Ones To Watch

Parisa Azad, Aarohi Bansal, Gezel Bardossi, Sophie Berude, Lola Fotheringham, Bronte Gibson, Matilda Gibson, Abbie Jane, Salma Kareem, and Izabelle Kelly.

Premier of NSW Chris Minns congratulated the remarkable recipients and finalists for the incredible impacts their work and contributions have had in NSW.

“These women have gone above and beyond to achieve positive change within their fields and contribute to their communities,” he said.

“They are exceptional women from diverse backgrounds who are incredible role models for us all to look up to.”

Minister for Women Jodie Harrison said the nominations this year had record numbers, which are a testament to the importance of regognising the siginificance of the awards which highlight the broad impact women are having across the state.

“It is vital we recognise and support those who continue to challenge inequality, innovate and promote progress in their fields,” she said.

“I look forward to following their journeys as they continue to inspire others.”

For information about the finalists, recipients and to watch the recorded livestream, visit




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