The Women on the Move Awards (formerly the Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Award) celebrates and supports the contribution that migrant and refugee women, the media and their champions can make towards facing down prejudice and inspiring others. The Women on the Move Awards, now in their third year, will be delivered by MRN, The Forum and for the first time, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The new name and categories mark the growth of the Awards’ new partnership and reflects the vitality and courage of the women we champion.
Migrants and refugees cross borders to live among us for many reasons. Some come fleeing human rights abuses. Some come to join other members of their families. Some come to take up work or study. But when they arrive here they often find that they face new challenges and problems. Some not only rise to these challenges for themselves, they also help others to succeed. These are the women we want to recognise and celebrate.
This year there are four categories of awards. The Woman of the Year and Young Woman of the Year awards celebrate women who, having migrated or fled persecution, provide essential support and inspiring leadership at the grassroots to others starting a new life in the UK. The Media Award recognises the outstanding work of a journalist or producer whose reporting has promoted the protection needs of refugee, asylum-seeking or migrant women, either in the UK or abroad. This year, the awards will also recognise a Champion of the Year: an individual, group of people, or organisation, selected by a panel, which has made a significant contribution to supporting migrant and refugee women.
Nominations for 2014 open TODAY. Check out our new Awards website for eligibility criteria and how to submit nominations and you can also watch a short video about the 2013 Awards Ceremony: http://womenonthemoveawards.org.uk