The international organisation for inclusive development, Light for the World launched the deadline for nomination for the first international prize for women with disabilities at the beginning of July. The Her Abilities Award is presented in three categories and is intended to honour projects and life's work. Nominations are still possible until 30 September.
Is a member of the seven-member jury: German poetry slammer Ninia LaGrande. "Women with disabilities around the world make important, committed and valuable contributions. To me, it is a matter of course to support them! "
Nominations for the Her Abilities Award, the first global award honouring the achievements of women with disabilities, have already started. The award is a Light for the World initiative together with blind Ethiopian human rights lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie, who won the Right Livelihood Award in 2017 and the Spirit of Helen Keller Award 2018. "The main message of this award is: focus on our 99 abilities, not our one disability!"
Her Abilities will award the achievements of women with disabilities in three categories: Health & Education; Arts, Culture & Sports; and Rights.
An independent award jury will decide on the winners. The jury is made up of brilliant women from around the world, including
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
Ekaete Judith Umoh, Social inclusion and disability expert, Nigeria
Farida Gulamo, was the first 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 confirmed over the coming weeks.
Nominations started already and will end on 30 September 2018. They can be submitted online by any person or governmental or non-governmental organisation. Nominated can be every woman with disability, regardless of nationality who fit the conditions and the three categories. The laureates will be announced on World Disability Day on 3rd December 2018.