Dawn was recognised for her tireless work on disability hate
crime and improving access to health support for women with a
learning disability, receiving the title of Community Activist of
the Year at the Womenspire
Organised by equality charity Chwarae Teg and held at the
Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay, the Womenspire Awards
celebrates the personal and professional achievements of women
Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive of Chwarae Teg, and a member of
the Womenspire interview panel explained why Dawn was it was
important to recognise Dawn's work as an advocate for people with a
Cerys said: "Dawn is a true inspiration and advocate for women
with learning difficulties. Her work has potentially saved lives
and ensured that women are able to access the right support for
their health needs."
Dawn said she was "shocked and surprised to win this
"I have worked for over 15 years with two wonderful
organisations," said Dawn. "One is Mencap Cymru where I was a
Campaigner for 12 years. Now in Cardiff People First, an
organisation run by people with a learning disability, I am the
Project Officer for the Pink Ladies Group.
"I would like to say thank you to these organisations and also a
great thanks to the person who nominated me. I am so happy to win
this award on behalf of people with learning disabilities to show
them they can achieve anything they want to achieve."
Passion and commitment
Dawn was nominated for the award by Mair Rigby, Co-Director of
the Women's Equality Network (WEN)
Wales. Mair explained how Dawn has been such an inspiration to
"I was delighted to nominate Dawn Gullis for the Womenspire
Community Activist of the Year Award," said Mair. "I have worked
with Dawn over the years and have always been incredibly impressed
with her passion and commitment to standing up for the rights of
people with learning disabilities.
"Dawn has really helped me gain a better understanding of hate
crime and mate crime and issues for women with learning
disabilities. I nominated Dawn for the award because I wanted her
work to be publicly recognised in Wales".
Phil Madden, Chair of Learning Disability Wales, congratulated
Dawn on her award:
"This is a wonderful achievement, and it's fantastic to see Dawn
being recognised for her crucially important advocacy work. Dawn is
an inspiration to us all."
Teachers, student midwives, activists, scientists, theatre
directors, entrepreneurs and employers from across Wales were all
shortlisted as finalists for this year's Womenspire Awards ahead of
the celebration on 21 June at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.
Chwarae Teg received over 300 nominations across the 12
categories recognising the extraordinary achievements many
individuals and organisations have made in leading equality in
their industry such as business, arts, sports, rural and
A carpenter, a chief inspector of police, and a BBC producer
were among the other women honoured at the Womenspire Awards. The
full list of winners is available at https://www.cteg.org.uk/womenspire-17
Watch this video, made by
Chwarae Teg, about Dawn Gullis and her advocacy work for Cardiff