Awards celebrate 15 years

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards mark their 15th anniversary.

By Fusion Lifestyle Reporter
February 20, 2014, 5:02 pm
Awards celebrate 15 years

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards mark their 15th anniversary.

Held in association with the Royal Bank of Scotland, the awards were founded by entrepreneur and women’s champion Pinky Lilani OBE, with the aim of celebrating Asian women who are pushing the boundaries across a range of industries and sectors – from the arts, media and culture to business, sports and public service.

Throughout their rich history the awards, which are attended by guests such as Cherie Blair and The Duchess of York, have recognised influential British figures including comedian and playwright Meera Syal MBE, winner of the prestigious Chairman’s Award in 2002; civil rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti who took home the 2005 Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award; Eastender’s star Nina Wadia and BBC journalist and newsreader, Riz Lateef.

Speaking about the awards, patron Cherie Blair said: “Happy 15th anniversary to the Asian Women of Achievement awards. I'm so proud to have been involved from the start of this brilliant project that showcases the skills and determination of some of Britain's most talented and inspirational women. 

"But the job is far from done, which is why the AWA programme continues to thrive and remains so important. Too many women's talents go unrealised in Britain today, yet we would all benefit as a nation if they could be unleashed. So let's all get behind our Asian Women of Achievement and give them another 15 years of support."

Pinky Lilani OBE said: “When the awards launched 15 years ago, I wanted to create a platform where the accomplishments of our country’s ground-breaking Asian women could be highlighted and celebrated. From those working to support their local communities, to those shaping some of the UK’s biggest and most influential organisations - these are the women making a substantial contribution to our culture and economy and it is vital we champion their success.

 

“As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the awards, I am proud to look back at the host of incredible women we have recognised who have gone on to achieve even more outstanding feats. A lasting legacy has formed around this network of women who individually have the power to inspire future generations, and collectively have the power to change our country for the better.”

 

Chris Sullivan, Chief Executive, RBS Corporate Banking, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Asian Women of Achievement Awards again as they reach this milestone year. 

"The awards play such an important role in showcasing the rich female talent our country is home to."

Nominations are open at http://awa.realbusiness.co.uk/ until Monday March 17, 2014.

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