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Nominees wanted for Disability Wales project

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Embolden Ambassadors, disabled Welsh women, nominees wantedTo showcase amazing women role models.

Disability Wales is looking for deaf or disabled women in Wales who are breaking stereotypes, achieving great things and creating positive change who can be Embolden Ambassadors.

In the year running up to the centenary celebrations of women obtaining the vote, in March 2018, Disability Wales, is hoping to highlight the achievements of Welsh disabled women, now and in history.

These stories and accompanying images will be used to create a campaign aimed at challenging myths and stereotypes about disability and showcasing amazing women role models.

‘Embolden: Spirit of Disabled Women’ wants to change the negative perceptions people have of disabled people by sharing stories about the achievements of disabled women in Wales and provoking conversations that challenge attitudes about disability.

You can nominate: a community activist; a career success; contribution to the arts; sports excellence; Educational achievements; someone amazing in any other way; or a historical figure.

To nominate your #IAmEmbolden ambassador, you can use the online nomination form here,  or you can download the Word document in English here and Welsh here.

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.

The closing date is 28 August 2017.

Nominations will be shared on the 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.

Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “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 from all communities.”

Funding for the project comes from Spirit of 2012 and the Fawcett Society.

Spirit of 2012 is a funding charity, established with a £47million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund. It funds partners throughout the UK that provide opportunities in sports, physical activity, arts and culture, volunteering and social action.

The Fawcett Society’s chief executive, Sam Smethers, said: “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.”

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