Disability Wales

Celebrating Deaf and disabled women creating change

#IAmEmbolden Launches 

Disability Wales is looking for Embolden Ambassadors – Deaf or disabled women in Wales who are breaking stereotypes, achieving great things and creating positive change.

In the year running up to the centenary celebrations in March 2018 of women obtaining the vote, DW, with funding from Spirit of 2012 and the Fawcett Society, is highlighting the achievements of Welsh disabled women, now and in history. These stories and accompanying images will be used to create a campaign aimed at challenging myths and stereotypes about disability and showcasing our amazing women role models.

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; and provoking conversations that challenge attitudes about disability. The nomination categories are:

  • Community activist
  • Career success
  • Contribution to the arts
  • Sports excellence
  • Educational achievements
  • Amazing in any other way

or

  • Historical

DW is also collecting nominations for women in recent or distant history who have made a contribution towards disability rights or are allies of disabled women.

Rhian Davies, Disability Wales Chief Executive, said:

Embolden is such an exciting initiative: Deaf and disabled women are too often invisible and this is a wonderful opportunity to share their achievements and really challenge people’s perceptions and expectations We look forward to receiving nominations from across Wales and all communities.”

Fawcett Society Chief Executive Sam Smethers stated:

“It is vital that disabled women’s stories are told and that their voices are heard. That’s why Fawcett is delighted to be supporting Disability Wales’ Embolden project. Shattering the stereotypes that society holds about disabled women is vital to building a better society for us all.”

Nomination forms are available at: www.disabilitywales.org/blog/embolden

The closing date is 28th August 2017.

 

Nominations will be shared on DW’s website and the shortlist of women will be announced in September 2017. A celebration event in March 2018 will present the winners with their title and award.