Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ms NAIDOC Day 11 - Haylee Davis

Jazlie Davis-Grygoruk submitted this wonderful profile on Haylee Davis and again, I'm just gobsmacked by the talent in this family. Not only that, but Haylee is going to be studying in Berlin, so I've got the major jealouses going on here because THAT'S MY DREAM! Can't wait to hear how that all goes :D. Without further ado, here's Haylee!

My cousin Haylee Davis is real Ms Naidoc material. She's a proud Biripi woman from the mid-north coast area of NSW. Hayls quietly works away at the things she's passionate about with integrity, confidence and strength - primarily human rights and rights of the World's Indigenous peoples. 
Haylee has managed to complete a Bachelors Degree in International Studies and Global Studies at UNSW and a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies as an international student in the Netherlands. Recently she has been accepted into a Masters of Research with Maquarie Uni.
Haylee can't stay put for more than a few months at a time. Having travelled to most of the world's continents she has a loving, accepting view of people and their different cultures. Next year she will study part of her Masters as an international student in Berlin.

For the last three years she has worked for NSW Aboriginal Land Council as a policy and research officer. Part of her role is to coordinate and manage NSWALC's International engagement strategies, including relationships within the United Nations. She also analyses and comments on new legislation and Government policy relating to issues affecting Indigenous people and advises the Council on human rights issues.

In 2013 she was accepted as a candidate in the Indigenous Fellowship Programme of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. As a candidate she was able to participate in the 6th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She also completed an internship with the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. 
The girl knows how to balance work with fun like no one I know and I love how our conversations naturally bounce from politics to babies to human rights. She is a doting aunt to my baby girl and I am grateful that my daughter has such an amazing example of a strong Indigenous woman to grow up with. Keep speaking out sis, I'm proud to have you representing us mob

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