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 (under 30) obtaining the vote, Disability Wales,
with funding from Spirit of 2012 and the Fawcett Society, is
highlighting the achievements of Welsh disabled women - now and
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
The nomination categories are:
- Community activist
- Career success
- Contribution to the arts
- Sports excellence
- Educational achievements
- Amazing in any other way, or
- Historical - Disability Wales is also collecting
nominations for women in recent or distant history who have made a
contribution towards disability rights or are allies of disabled
Challenging perceptions and expectations
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."
The closing date for nominations is 28th August
2017. Nomination forms can be
downloaded at Disability Wales' website.
Nominations will be shared on Disability Wales' 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.
You can follow the stories and nominations throughout the year
on social media via the #IAmEmbolden hashtag.