Nominations for Her Abilities, the first global award celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities, will be open for nominations from 2nd July till 30th September.
Her Abilities, a Light for the World initiative, is inspired and driven forward by Ethiopian disability activist Yetnebersh Nigussie – 2018 Spirit of Helen Keller Awardee and 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureate.
“The main message of this award is: focus on our 99 abilities, not our one disability!” says Nigussie.
An independent award jury who is made up of brilliant women from around the world will together select the three winners for three award categories: Health & Education / Rights / Arts, Culture & Sports.
Among the international jury members are outstanding women, including disability rights activists, advocates, artists, academics:
- Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch, USA
- María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Law professor, Special Envoy of General Secretary of the UN on Disability and Accessibility, Chile
- Ninia LaGrande, Writer, host, poetry slammer, Germany
- Ekaete Judith Umoh, Social inclusion and disability expert, Nigeria
- Farida Gulamo, first (former) President of the Paralympic Committee, activist in sport and education, Mozambique
- Rachel Kachaje, disability rights activist, former Minister of Persons with Disability and Elderly Affairs, Malawi
- Mariam Doumbia, musician, part of the Grammy nominated Duo Amadou & Mariam, Mali
More jury members will be announced over the coming weeks.
About the ‘Her Abilities’
Her Abilities, a Light for the World initiative, is the first global award celebrating the achievements of women with disabilities. The award is inspired and driven forward by Ethiopian disability rights activist Yetnebersh Nigussie – 2018 Spirit of Helen Keller Awardee and 2017 Right Livelihood Award Laureate.
The three categories:
Health & Education
Women with disabilities from the health or education sector, including but not limited to: teachers, teaching assistants, school directors, university professors, doctors, surgeons, nurses.
Women with disabilities from the advocacy and rights sector, who advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and inclusion. They could be working at NGOs or charities, in the business world, at government organisations or in government or simply in their local communities to achieve vital change.
Arts, Culture & Sports
Women with disabilities from the arts, culture, and sports sectors, including but not limited to: artists, actors, writers, poets, Paralympians, runners, swimmers.
About Light for the World
Light for the World is an international disability and development organisation whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind. We enable crucial eye health services and empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world. We break down barriers to enrich society and unlock the potential in all of us!