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Congratulations to Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, who has won the Local Hero category for the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year Awards.Parramatta Police Area Command are thrilled to announce that our MCLO Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe has won the Local Hero category for the 2021 NSW Australian of the Year Awards.

The below information on Rosemary has been taken from the 2021 Australian of the Year website so you can learn a little more about why Rosemary was nominated for this Award.

Advocate for migrant and refugee women, Rosemary Kariuki, is the 2021 NSW Local Hero. Rosemary Kariuki is the multicultural community liaison officer for the Parramatta Police. She specialises in helping migrants who are facing domestic violence, language barriers and financial distress. Fleeing Kenya alone in 1999 to escape family abuse and tribal clashes, her early years in Australia were terribly lonely. Her experience helped Rosemary recognise that isolation is a huge issue for many migrant women. Many aren’t used to going out alone, have no transport and speak little or no English. So Rosemary devised ways to help women leave their house and meet women in similar circumstances. In partnership with the African Women’s Group, she helped start the African Women’s Dinner Dance which is now in its 14th year, with more than 400 women attending the annual event. The 60 year old also started the African Village Market – a program to help migrants and refugees start their own businesses – which ran for four years. Rosemary’s warmth, courage and kindness inspire all who meet her. Her work was the subject of the documentary ‘Rosemary’s Way’.

Well done and Congratulations Rosemary.
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