Nina Funnell is a multi Walkley award winning journalist, author, and sexual assault survivor advocate. She is the sole creator of the #JusticeShouldntHurt campaign which in 2023 secured $64 million in funding to expand the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Program in NSW so that child survivors are less traumatised in court.
Nina’s previous campaign, #LetHerSpeak/#LetUsSpeak, which Nina created and ran in exclusive partnership with News.com.au,End Rape On Campus Australia, RASARA, and Marque Lawyers, secured 5 law reforms across 3 jurisdictions. (See: www.letusspeak.com.au)
As part of her #LetHerSpeak campaign, Nina raised over $100,000 which was used to fund the legal work of over 20 survivors including the former Australian of the Year, Grace Tame, who featured as the symbolic first case study and emblematic face of the campaign.
In 2021 Nina was named Woman of the Year and Journalist of the Year at the B&T Women in Media awards, also winning the Walkley award for Women’s Leadership and the Walkley award for Public Service Journalism.
Nina is a director of RASARA, End Rape On Campus Australia, and has served on the NSW Premier’s Council on Preventing Violence Against Women, the board of the NSW Rape Crisis Centre, and the board of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre. She is a current ambassador for The Full Stop Foundation.
Nina is a guest lecturer in the Media and Communications department at the University of Sydney, where she also studied,graduating with first class honors in 2008. She is currently authoring her second book, Let Her Speak (Harper Collins) and has contributed book chapters to multiple anthologies.