#EightWomen Awards 2014


The Eight Women

There are few occasions when women of colour are hailed and celebrated for their achievements by their peers and the community at large so in it’s second year the #EightWomen Awards strives to do just that. It is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women of colour across the UK and to spread awareness of the amazing work they do.
– This year we had over 80 nominations; they included women such as publisher Verna Wilkins, musician, M.I.A, Footballer Rachel Yankey, Baroness Valerie Amos, writer and actress Meera Syal and many more.
– After a public poll the eight women with the most votes are an eclectic group of lawyers, entrepreneurs, academics and activists. They are:
o Arzu Merali
o Malia Bouattia (Acceptance speech)
o Victoria Olubi
o Somi Guha
o Angela Jackman (Acceptance speech)
o Afroze Zaidi Jivraj
o Jenni Steele
o Professor Heidi Mirza

To be in a room with these women is an honour and to be able to provide a platform to celebrate their achievements is a privilege

The Background
In September 2013 Media Diversified was sent this article: 8 African-American Women Who Changed the World with the accompanying question “Which 8 women of colour do you think have changed the UK?” We posed the question to our social media followers and the #EightWomen awards were born.

The Event
The #EightWomen with the most votes from the public will be revealed at the “Complicit No More” panel event, highlighting themes and challenges of black feminism and intersectionality on the 15th September at the Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies.


Bios were complied by Media Diversified and Ain’t I A Woman collective.

To read about 2013’s nominees and winners click here

The Nominees – Who has inspired you?

Voting ends at midnight on Sunday 7th September




8 replies

  1. Dear Arzu Merali, thank for your great efforts for the sake of peach and humanity! Wish you good luck to you.

    Jahangir Shah


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