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Her Abilities Awards 2020 for Women

Her Abilities Awards 2020 for Women

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Application calls for Her Abilities Awards 2020 for Women.

Her Abilities Awards was launched by Light for the World to honor women with disabilities who achieved greatness in their life or field of work. Anyone can nominate. However, nominations are open until 27, September 2020.


Her Abilities is the first global award honoring women with disabilities who have achieved greatness in their life or field of work. Moreover, it is a pioneering initiative, launched in 2018 by Light for the World along with Right Livelihood Award winner Yetnebersh Nigussie. Women with disabilities are one of the most marginalized groups globally. Their leadership potential and contributions are so often ignored. In addition to that, Her Abilities aims to tell the untold stories.

By highlighting the achievements of women with disabilities, the Award aims to celebrate success; break down barriers in public perception, as well as build a strong network of women committed to the further pursuit of equality and excellence.


Her Abilities will award the achievements of women with disabilities globally from the following three categories:

  • Health & Education: Women with disabilities from the health or education sector.
  • Rights: Women with disabilities from the advocacy and rights sector, who advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and their inclusion.
    Arts, Culture & Sports: Women with disabilities from the arts, culture, and sports sectors.


Only women with disabilities whose age is 18 or above can be nominated for Her Abilities Awards.

Selection Criteria

  • Impact: To what extent this person has achieved excellence in their life and field of work.
  • Recognition: If this person has an untold or underreported story which particularly deserves to be told.
  • Relevance: If this person’s story has relevance to current rights and social debates, which could inspire others into action.

In addition, the jury may, as a secondary consideration, look at the balance between the three category winners in any given year (including e.g. geographical spread, diversity in personal profiles, and types of achievement).


The overall benefits for the winners are:

  • They will join a celebrated network of other successful women who commit to finding opportunities to support each other in their further pursuit of justice, equality, and excellence.
  • Light for the World will open their networks and will try to ensure speaking opportunities for the winners.
  • Similarly, Light for the World’s communications team will promote the winners’ stories via media and online work; ensuring they and their projects get more of the public attention they deserve.
  • They will also receive a certificate and a physical award.

Submit a nomination


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline27 September,2020
Open toWomen
OrganizerHer Abilities
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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