Dr Casta Tungaraza, Manager Equal Opportunity and Social Justice, is one of only 15 women to be inducted into the Western Australian Women’s Hall of Fame, part of the International Women’s Day Celebrations on March 8.
Dr Tungaraza was nominated for being a role model in the African community and for her role in promoting Murdoch’s Diversity Policy.
“I am truly humbled and honoured by the acknowledgement Western Australians have bestowed upon me,” Dr Tungaraza said.
“This could not have been possible without the support of many women and men out there – community members, work colleagues, the youth who have given me their trust and Government leaders.
“I look forward to continuing working with everyone to make a difference.”
A strong advocate for multiculturalism, Dr Tungaraza was appointed to the WA Citizenship and Multicultural Advisory Council in 2000. In 2002 she was appointed to the Premier's Anti Racism Steering Committee and in 2009 joined the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council, helping to develop the National Multicultural Policy and the Plan of Action.
As the President of the African Women's Council she was pivotal in organising, facilitating and ensuring the success of the first African Women's Council of Australia's Round-Table Forum, held during CHOGM. The forum set an agenda of African Women as Agents of Change: Challenges, Solutions, Opportunities and presented a National Plan of Action to representatives of both Federal and State Government.
Dr Tungaraza is the founder and CEO of Miss Africa Australia, a mentoring program that prepares young African women to become African Youth Ambassadors and take on leadership roles in the community.
Dr Tungaraza is the second person with a Murdoch connection to be inducted. She joins Murdoch student Carina Hoang in the Hall of Fame.
Last year 100 women were inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame by Dr Ken Michael AC, then Governor of WA. Of the 15 women inducted this year, five were posthumous nominations.
Inductees into the Hall of Fame include a mix of prominent contributors, past and present, living and no longer with us, young and old, high-profile and little known.
The 2012 WA Hall of Fame inductees were be selected for distinction in one of the following five categories: expanding women's voice, leadership and participation; ending violence against women; strengthening women's peace and security; enhancing women's economic empowerment and promoting gender equality.