BAME women to be honoured at House of Lords

BAME women to be celebrated at the House of Lords as its revealed that racism remains a widespread issue in everyday working life for BAME women in the UK. The study revealed  that discussion relating to the role of racism in employment, promotion and training remained “fairly muted”.

Finalists have been announced for The Baton Awards 2019 to once again empower Britain’s BAME women in a moving ceremony to celebrate BAME female progress and sisterhood.

Last year’s House of Parliament ceremony was hailed as a ‘defining and pivotal moment for BAME women’ as the BBC’s Brenda Emmanus and young STEM trailblazer Kike Oniwinde were among the winners.

This year, globally renowned author Nawaal El Sadawi, LGBTQ activist Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, athlete Dina Asher Smith and ‘Queen of Recycling’ Isatou Ceesay are among the finalists. 

British BAME women are being served a raw deal by modern Britain, with a mortality rate four times higher than white women in the UK. Its been revealed that BAME women in Britain face bullying and discrimination as they struggle to climb up the career ladder, according to a report. This, is where The Baton Awards 2019 comes in. 

This year’s exciting finalists which have been whittled down from hundreds to just three in each category by an expert judging panel, include an array of inspiring figures including the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi, Paralympian Kare Adenegan and Lord Mayor Cllr Anna Rothery.  

Having travelled the world in her mission to empower women all over the globe, studied extensively, and consistently implemented her method for female empowerment; founder Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe developed The Baton Awards; the highly-respected platform created to recognise BAME women in Britain. The awards celebrate BAME women of Past, Present and Future by acknowledging Britain’s BAME pathfinders and inspiring future pioneers across diverse sectors.

The Baton Awards is a wonderful moment to recognise genuine and consistent commitment from individuals who are fighting to build a stronger more generous society. I was thrilled to discover the Baton Awards and honoured to get involved in enabling better recognition of people’s character as well as BAME activity and in my own small way, to add to someone’s compelling effort, my humble respect and appreciation.’ Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE

The Baton Awards will take place on November 28th on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day at The House of Lords.

Nominations will be accepted from all over Britain, with a special category for global submissions, in 14 categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, Third Sector of the Year, Thought Leader of the Year, and STEM trailblazer. Vote for your BAME pioneer or trailblazer to celebrate their achievements today by visiting 

The inaugural event raised more than £1,800 for children’s domestic Abuse charity Strength Within Me foundation (S.W.I.M), a nonprofit organisation, providing comprehensive intervention in response to the prevalence of domestic abuse among young girls and women.



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