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Mining magnate’s daughter wins young Australian of the year award

Grace Forrest
Grace Forrest

One of an iron ore mogul’s children has been honoured as an exceptional young Australian.

Fortescue Metals Group non-executive chairman Andrew Forrest’s eldest daughter has been named Young Western Australian of the Year 2021.

Freeing 40M slaves

Grace Forrest is 26-years-old and already founding director of the Walk Free not-for-profit organisation, which has a mission of freeing more than 40 million modern slaves around the world.

Since the father and daughter founded Walk Free in 2010, the organisation has developed the Global Slavery Index benchmark to measure modern slavery activities and help inform political legislators. It has also successfully lobbied businesses and both sides of federal politics to enact a Modern Slavery Act in 2018.

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The award winner has spoken about modern slavery at the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Women’s Forum, and United Nations Security Council. She has also been appointed as the youngest-ever goodwill ambassador for anti-slavery at the United Nations Association of Australia.

“She continues to be a voice for the UN in Australia and abroad,” the award organisers said in a public statement.

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