Asian Australian Elizabeth Lee who is a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the ACT Parliament and the leader of the Liberals in Canberra has recently received an internationally recognised award for her work last year making the ACT the first Australian jurisdiction to criminalise stealthing (the non-consensual removal of a condom during sex).
She was presented with presented with the annual Pioneer of Justice Award by the The Women’s Association of Law Students at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, New York. This is what Lee said after receiving her recognition (via Canberra Weekly):
“This award is dedicated to the brave women and men who told me about their experiences with stealthing that was the inspiration for my bill,”
The bill was mutually supported by both Labor and the Greens in the ACT Parliament. Associate Professor Dr Heather Roberts from The Australian National University (ANU) presented Lee with the award, with the ceremony held at the ANU’s College of Law with the international part on zoom in the background.
Lee is the first Asian Australian woman to be an opposition leader in any Australian state or territory Parliament, so that in itself is already a big deal!
Image via Canberra Weekly