If you know an inspirational woman with a disability and you think her achievements deserve to be celebrated, you better be quick – nominations for the Her Abilities Award, the first of its kind honouring women with disabilities, close in just one week, on June 21st.

Women with disabilities are still struggling with discrimination, especially in less developed countries.

The Her Abilities Award was created to encourage women around the world to show what women with disabilities can do.

“We want the world to focus on a person’s 99 abilities and not on one disability!” – Yetnebersh Nigussie, Founder

In its second year, three women with disabilities from the areas of rights, health and education, and art, culture and sport will again be chosen as winners by a high-profile jury.

2018 winners

Our 2018 winners have each enjoyed speaking platforms at world-renowned conferences, international travel and global press coverage after their triumph last year. You can find out more about them here: https://www.her-abilities-award.org/winners.

We want to shine a light on the work of more amazing women – help us to do so by nominating a woman with disabilities who inspires you!

Nominations can be submitted by any individual or institution. Find out more here: www.her-abilities-award.org.

The Her Abilities Award

The Award was initiated in 2018 by Light for the world together with the blind Ethiopian human rights activist and winner of the Right Livelihood Award, Yetnebersh Nigussie. In 2018, 158 women with disabilities from 52 countries around the world were nominated.

The 2019 jury

The jury for the Her Abilities Award is made up of influential women with and without disabilities from different fields of life; from Mariam Doumbia, of blind musical duo Amadou & Mariam, to Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School and President Obama’s White House Champion of Change.


Light for the World is a global disability & development organisation, breaking down barriers to enrich society and unlock the potential in all of us.

We enable crucial eye health services and empower people with disabilities in some of the poorest regions of the world. We work with partners and underserved communities around the world in countries including Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Mozambique and South Sudan. Our work is made possible with support from donors in countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom and USA.