Achievements of BME women

Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWAA), celebrated the amazing achievement of Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BME )women who have have made incredible contributions to Welsh life.

The event was held in Cardiff city Hall where more than four hundred women attended the ceremony. With more than seven categories, 23 women were announced as the finalists. They were mainly celebrated for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities and to the country.

‘This year, the finalists represented over twenty different countries. They are not only an asset to Wales but also inspirational role models for their countries of origin,’said Meena Upadhyaha,the founder and the Chairperson of the EMWWAA.

Upadhyaya referred to the impact of these awards on women who  had been recognized for the first time in their lives. Being a nominee herself in 2011, she could understand how much it is important to get recognized and being rewarded for one’s work.

Sadly, the event was one of the last events Rhodri Morgan, the former Labour politician and Welsh first minister, attended. Just one week later, he died at the age of 77.

Winners

Arts, Culture & Sports: 

Leanne Rahman is Arts and Education Project Administrator for the Arts Council of Wales . She was awarded the Arts, Culture and Sports Award category for their sustainable and voluntary work in Wales. She was also recognized for her work coordinating Black History Month Wales.

Leanne Rahman , was awarded the Arts, Culture and Sports Award.

Leanne Rahman , was awarded the Arts, Culture  Award. Photo Credit : CNP

Social and Humanitarian Work 

Dr.Grace Kerry is the founder and Executive Director of Gift Grace  Education Project -an Educational charity for children’s development in Nigeria. Dr.Kerry who loves public speaking and cooking, is a UPF advisory Ambassador for Peace and a board member for Race Council Cymru.

Dr. Grace Kerry was awarded the Social and Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Grace Kerry was awarded the Social and Humanitarian. Photo Credit: CNP

Violence Against Women 

Fatma Alan , who is originally from Palestine, is a survivor of domestic violence.  After leaving her abusive relationship with her husband, she managed to raise her ten-year-old boy on her own. She has rebuilt her life by pursuing her BSc (Hons ) in Dental Technology inspiring other women as well to carry on with their fighting until they can achieve their careers.

Fatma Alan  was awarded for her fighting against Women . Photo Credit: CNP

Fatma Alan was awarded for her fighting against Women . Photo Credit: CNP

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were divided among four women for their outstanding contribution not only to Wales but also to the rest of country. The awards were given to Dr. Layla Jader, Norma Glass (MBE ), Chantal Patel and Gaynor Legall. Legall is a formidable champion of Ethnic Minority Women who has tirelessly committed herself to challenge the inequalities particularly in health and in social care.

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Gaynor Legall was awarded the lifetime Achievement Award . Photo Credit: CNP

 Business  

Derine Omole is an entrepreneur , a public health specialist and a mother of three children . Omole started her own business by opening her own start up , Twale Cuisine . She uses the power of food tell positive stories about Africans and ethnic minorities

Derine Omole was awarded  in the Business Category. Photo Credit: CNP

Derine Omole was awarded in the Business Category. Photo Credit: CNP

In addition , there were awards for science,technology and medicine, management and leadership, self development and young achievers which were given respectively to Prof Kamila Hawthorne, Reena Patel, Versha Sood and Queena Lee.

All these women who were shining all bright in this ceremony demonstrated that there are still unusual heroins who have gone extra miles .

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