Nominations roll in for prestigious London inaugural ceremony The Baton Awards 2018 celebrating pioneering BAME women at the Houses of Parliament.
Hundreds of nominations already submitted celebrating BAME women ‘Celebrating BAME women of past, present and future.’
Esteemed panel of pioneering judges gear up to shortlist the UK’s brightest BAME nominees.
Award-winning Sky TV broadcaster Gillian Joseph, is confirmed as the evening’s host. Gillian has covered the Royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton and the death of Nelson Mandela and has been presented with a Commission for Racial Equality award for her reporting.
2018 is being hailed ‘The Year of The Woman’ and this is the circle of progress that The Baton Awards 2018 is based firmly upon. The Baton Awards 2018 has been designed not only to inspire young BAME women, by celebrating young pioneers and innovators, but to actively activate change at a grassroots level and create a surge in the myriad of industries that aren’t being accessed by the female BAME community. Winners will receive their Baton Award 2018, from one of the pioneering predecessors (torchbearers) in the field they have succeeded in and receive ongoing mentoring from their BAME industry pioneer.
Judges include an array of British BAME Pioneers including former athlete Michelle Moore: who has been featured in The Independent’s 50 Most Influential Women in Sport and won an acclaimed UK Change Maker award in 2015 for her contribution to sport for social change. Also, Dr Shola Mos Shogbamimu is a leader at the Women’s March on London in 2017, a co-organiser of the 21 January Time’s Up protest and Stylist’s Woman of the Week.
The ceremony will take place in the House of Commons in November 29th and is being hailed as ‘a wonderful moment to recognise genuine and consistent commitment from individuals who are fighting to build a stronger more generous society’ by Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE.
The Baton Awards have been carefully planned to fall firmly on International Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29th, and firmly within the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence.
Hundreds of nominations have already been sent in from all over the world and includes distinguished BAME actress Mona Hammond Hammond OBE, best known for her role in Eastenders. In 2018, Hammond was awarded the Women of the World Lifetime Achievement Award for her long and distinguished theatre career, and for championing black British actors with Talawa Theatre Company.
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