Disability Wales celebrating Deaf and disabled women as Embolden Ambassadors

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 throughout 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 - 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 women.

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.