Wales’s most inspiring disabled women announced #IAmEmbolden
Forty two D/deaf and disabled women and girls were nominated as Embolden Ambassadors across seven categories, celebrating the impact made in communities, workplaces, arts, sport and education.
People were asked to nominate D/deaf or disabled women in Wales who are breaking stereotypes, achieving great things and creating positive change. Since July, nominations have been pouring in, highlighting the diverse and impressive achievements of D/deaf and Disabled Women around Wales. The stories being shared show just how many talented role models are creating change in their own lives and others.
Embolden: Spirit of Disabled Women is a vision to change negative perceptions of disabled people by:
- sharing stories about the achievements of disabled women in Wales;
- Provoking conversations that challenge attitudes about disability.
Congratulations to the shortlisted nominees:
- Community activist – Anita Davies
- Career success – Sian Preddy
- Contribution to the arts – Stephanie Back
- Sports excellence – Anastasia Blease and Tina Evans
- Educational achievements – Barbara Stensland
- Amazing in any other way – Janice Partridge
- Historical – Julie Marsh (1962 – 2002)
Awards will be presented in March 2018 at a celebration event marking the Centenary of Women getting the vote. Photographic portraits of the shortlisted Embolden Ambassadors will demonstrate the strength and achievements that spurred family, friends and colleagues to share their stories.
Rhian Davies, Disability Wales Chief Executive, said:
“The enthusiasm for nominating Embolden Ambassadors from around Wales has been incredible. It is clear that D/deaf and disabled women are making a tremendous difference in their communities and challenging expectations and perceptions along the way.
Embolden is about shining a spotlight on the achievements of D/deaf and disabled women around Wales, and empowering other women and girls to fulfil their potential. It is fantastic to celebrate International Day of Disabled People by announcing our shortlist.”
Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers said:
“We are delighted to be able to support the great work Disability Wales are doing through Embolden to challenge perceptions of disabled women. Women won’t be equal until D/deaf and disabled women are empowered to equally flourish, and the messages this campaign sends out are a vital part of that goal.”