AN AWARDS scheme to celebrate women who are making a positive difference to the people of Rugby has been launched on International Women’s Day (IWD).
Inspired by IWD, Rugby Labour Women’s Group has launched the awards to honour Rugby women who champion community causes and campaigns.
The group says the awards will support the aims of IWD – to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender parity.
Group spokesperson and awards organiser Louise Robinson said: “We anticipate the nominations will include some inspiring stories. By sharing those stories we will celebrate women who are making a positive difference and help raise awareness of issues affecting our communities.”
The awards are not exclusive to women, and will include a special category for ‘driving gender parity’ which will be open to nominations from all genders.
Panel judge Jenny Gold said: “This category is inspired by the ’embracing parity’ theme of International Women’s Day. I’m excited to review nominations for this category and find out how people in our diverse town are improving gender parity.”
Throughout March, the Rugby Labour Women’s Group is fund-raising from local businesses to secure sponsorship for the awards. All funds will go directly to the causes championed by winning nominees.
Jess Phillips MP, the Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, will open the nominations when she speaks at a Labour Party social evening on March 30.
Visit www.internationalwomensday.com for more information on IWD.