Migrant and refugee women make an exceptional contribution to UK society – we celebrate that contribution.
The Women on the Move Awards and Fellowship were set up in 2012 to recognise and celebrate inspirational leadership and contribution from migrant and refugee women to UK society. The awards are a way of saying “thank you” to these committed and courageous women and to be inspired by their positive energy and inventiveness in these difficult times.
The idea behind the awards came as an inspiration from the Voices of Courage Awards run by Women’s Refugee Commission in New York. The founder of the Women on the Move awards, Executive Director of the Forum, Zrinka Bralo, was a recipient of one of these awards in 2011. When she won she says she was “literally speechless at the idea of being honoured and recognised as a refugee working to support other refugees”, and realised that “much of the good work done by refugee and migrant leaders goes largely unnoticed”.
The awards and fellowship make a difference to the women who win them. They gain recognition for their work, their profile is raised, and they are given access to high quality leadership development opportunities. You can read more about the impact of the Awards here
The legacy of these awards goes beyond the ceremony, towards the creation of a more positive discourse on migration. The importance of recognising these incredible women as women who have helped their community goes beyond the individual and helps us to shift the conversation from one about ‘victims’ to one of shared humanity and community.
The Women on the Move Awards are organised and presented by: