Kay Danes, OAM,
Humanitarian | Author | Speaker
Kay Danes, OAM was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the international community in human rights & social justice. Kay has risked her life establishing critical aid to vulnerable communities in conflict zones. Her work as a Humanitarian in the Middle-east & Afghanistan is recognised by Australian and Foreign Officials, having addressed several US Congressional forums on policy issues affecting vulnerable communities. Kay is a PhD Student at Southern Cross University (Gold Coast) School of Law & Justice, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and Honorary Member of Qld Bravery Association.
For the past twenty years, Kay Danes has worked in the security, social justice and humanitarian sectors across the Middle-east, Afghanistan and South-east Asia. She has addressed a number of US Congressional forums on democracy, development and policy issues affecting vulnerable communities. She has also presented at the US Conference on World Affairs bringing much needed attention to the plight of political prisoners, enforced disappearances and torture.
In 2014, Kay was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her social justice and human rights work. Kay has risked her life on numerous occasions in order to bring critical aid to vulnerable communities in conflict zones. Her work in Afghanistan in particular is recognised by Australian and Foreign officials. Kay says her greatest achievement is being able to share her Post Traumatic Stress Recovery with members of the general public and the Australian Defence Force, which Defence recorded in an ‘in-house training DVD' shown to all soldiers deploying to conflict zones.
Kay is also a Paul Harris Fellow and Consultant for Rotary International (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). She is currently undertaking a PhD with Southern Cross University (Gold Coast)
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).
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.