2014 Medal of the
Order of Australia Recipient


2013 Australian of the Year Award Nominee

2013 Pride of Australia nominee
 


2012 Australian of the Year Qld Finalist

Multiple Rotary Paul Harris Fellow (International)

Honorary Member Golden Key International Honorary Society

Kay Danes, OAM,
Humanitarian | Author | Speaker


Kay is a PhD Candidate with the Graduate School of Law & Justice at Southern Cross University (Australia). She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow (multiple) and Honorary Member of Queensland Bravery Association.  Kay Danes, OAM was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the international community in human rights & social justice. 

An absolute inspiration 2013 Australian of the Year Nominee Kay Danes' life reads like a Hollywood script. In fact it would make a great dramatic movie. Kay’s humanitarian contribution is incredibly inspiring and every opportunity to see her speak should be made. Kay and her husband Kerry were working as security managers in a communist state when they were taken hostage. The couple endured torture and mock executions. Their freedom came almost a year later, through Australian Government intervention.

Read more at http://www.platinumspeakers.com.au/Speakers/Kay-Danes.aspx
An absolute inspiration 2013 Australian of the Year Nominee Kay Danes' life reads like a Hollywood script. In fact it would make a great dramatic movie. Kay’s humanitarian contribution is incredibly inspiring and every opportunity to see her speak should be made. Kay and her husband Kerry were working as security managers in a communist state when they were taken hostage. The couple endured torture and mock executions. Their freedom came almost a year later, through Australian Government intervention.

Read more at http://www.platinumspeakers.com.au/Speakers/Kay-Danes.aspx

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For over 20 years, Kay Danes has worked in a number of administrative roles in security, government, social justice, human rights and humanitarian service, and in a number of regions across the world, including the Middle-east, Afghanistan and South-east Asia. Kay has addressed several US Congressional forums on democracy, development and policy issues affecting vulnerable communities. She has presented at conferences on world affairs, peace and conflict and has contributed to academic discussions on the plight of political prisoners, enforced disappearances and torture. Kay's work in Afghanistan is recognised by Australian and Foreign officials and became an integral part of a National debate on Australia's commitment in Afghanistan.

Kay is a Paul Harris Fellow and President-Elect 2018 of the Rotary eClub of Global Trekkers in District 7690 Headquartered in North Carolina, USA. (PHF) See award: click

Kay is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honorary Society which is the world’s largest collegiate honour society. Honorary Membership is bestowed upon those who exemplify the qualities and values of Golden Key; the pillars of academics, leadership and/or service. (Click for more)

Kay Danes has a Master of Human Rights degree with High Distinctions from Curtin University (WA). Human rights is a multidisciplinary area that incorporates political theories, anthropology, philosophy, education, social work, development studies and legal frameworks to build a broad and critical understanding of human rights. Kay takes a keen academic interest in the study of human rights principles as they relate to International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. She is  currently undertaking a PhD with the Graduate School of Law & Justice at Southern Cross University (Australia) to explore how incidents of harm impact on the Australian humanitarian sector, namely Codes of practice, professional development and training.

Kay's personal journey as a torture survivor has been developed into an in-house training DVD (Hostage survival) shown to all Australian Defence Force personnel deploying to armed conflict zones. 

Kay is the author of several books: Families Behind Bars — Stories of Injustice, Endurance and Hope' (2008 & second edition 2011), Standing Ground — an Imprisoned Couple's Struggle for Justice Against a Communist Regime (2009) and Beneath the Pale Blue Burqa — One woman's journey across Taliban strongholds (2010).

  2016            Honorary Member Golden Key Honor Society
  2014            Medal of the Order of Australia

2014            100 Women of Influence Nominee

2013             Nominee Pride of Australia Medal

2013             International Who's Who list for Excellence in Humanitarian Services

2012             Australian of the Year Qld State Finalist

2012             Paul Harris Fellow for global humanitarian service

2012             State Finalist Queensland Australian of the Year

2011             Bowman Award (Australian Government) Service to Community 

2011             Certificate of Appreciation Rotary Club of Nerang (Guest speaker)

2009             Certificate of Appreciation to Australian Volunteers (Australian Government)

2009              Australia Day Awards: Special Recognition for Redlands-based International Service

2008             Australian of the Year Nominee for Queensland.

2007             Certificate of Appreciation. International Women's Day.

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