Nominations are now open for the 2013 Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Awards.
The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate women who having migrated or fled persecution themselves, find time to provide essential support and inspiring leadership at grassroots level to others attempting to start a new life in the UK.
In 2012, the inaugural awards were held on International Women’s Day at the Royal Festival Hall. Three exceptional women were recognised – Nazek Ramadan, Luljeta Nuzi and Clara Osagiede.
There are two categories for the 2013 Awards: Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year and Young Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year, for those who will be aged 30 or under on 8th March 2013.
Any woman who self-defines as a migrant or refugee is eligible to be nominated for the awards. She needs to be nominated by someone who knows her work well and two further people must agree to be referees. She must consent to be nominated and have been actively involved in community work in the UK during the last 12 months.
Community can mean many things – for example, it may be defined geographically, on the grounds of country of origin, or it may be a community of interest. Women nominated do not have to lead nor work within a legally constituted organisation. The nominee’s work does not need to have been with or for women, or on gender issues, but it must have supported migrants and or refugees to settle in the UK. Nominees can be paid workers or volunteers.
The winners will be presented with their award at a high profile ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2013. Their community or organisation will receive a donation to spend on community work as they see fit and they will also be offered professional development and mentoring support.
For further information about the Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Awards and to download a nomination form please visit www.awards.migrantforum.org.uk or contact Beth Crosland – [email protected]
Nominations close at 5pm on 7th December 2012.