Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2020 TAS Australian of the Year Nominee

Melody Towns

State: Tasmania

Anti-slavery advocate

After hearing about the horrors of slavery – the fastest growing criminal industry in the world – Melody Towns knew she had to do something. With no event or fundraising experience, and a newborn baby, Melody founded Be Hers, an awareness-raising social enterprise that educates the developed world about those trapped in slavery.

Melody leads a team of volunteers, who use awareness, education, employment and partnership to connect the vulnerable and exploited with those who have freedom. Since its inception in 2011, Be Hers' signature awareness-raising event, Be Her Freedom, has grown exponentially and is now run in multiple locations across Australia.

To date, Be Hers has raised over half a million dollars, which is donated to project partners, including the A21 campaign that works on the frontlines of slavery. Through Melody's vision and hard work, Be Hers has funded housing, medical procedures, hotlines and rescue, restoration and prevention programs. Be Hers' extraordinary changemaking efforts have been recognised with several business awards.


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