THE BURGUNDY BALL

Social Justice Awards (BBSJA) for Women and Girls with Disabilities

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WHAT IS BBSJA ?

The Burgundy Ball: Social Justice Awards (BBSJA) for Women and Girls with Disabilities is an award event designed to recognize and acknowledge the remarkable achievements of women and girls with disabilities in our society.

The BBSJA is organized by Disability Rights Advocacy Centre (DRAC) in collaboration with the Forum of Disabled Women Activists and a host of other Disabled People’s and Women’s Rights Organizations.

Background:
The human rights of women and girls with disabilities is at the core of DRAC’s work, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Annual celebrations of the International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate what women have achieved throughout recent years. However, it’s also a day for us to raise awareness about women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria. Although significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society, discrimination against women still exists and women with disabilities, in particular face even more discrimination.

Women with disabilities are not simply marginalized from public life and processes in Nigeria; they are invisible.

Despite the challenges, there are a growing number of powerful women with disabilities who are leading from the front, who continue to confront and overcome various obstacles towards changing the society they live in to be more inclusive and remove all restrictions to participation. They do all these with no recognition and accolades.

Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society, as measured by the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges. 

The BBSJA awards is a great way to learn about, recognize and honour these women and their struggles and to start building a community and network of supportive institutions for the marginalized in our society as a first step towards attaining social justice for them.

The BBSJA nominees are a unique crop of women with disabilities who are driven by their inner strength, passion, and drive to make a difference. They are some of the best examples of women that motivate both male and female, young and old, disabled and non-disabled, to stand for social change.

Award winners will lead DRAC’s Leadership and Mentorship program for young women and girls with disabilities.

The Social Justice Awards is supported by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the British Council in Nigeria

Award Ceremony

The official presentation of awards to winners and category nominees will take place on Saturday April 18, 2020 in Abuja.

Kindly vote now as voting ends by 5pm on 31st March

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MEET SOME OF THE Award Nominees

Toyin Janet Aderemi

Disability Advisor, UNRWA, Jordan

Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase

National Women Leader, APC PWDs Support Group

Hajia Rabi Yusuf

Green Party Candidate for Kano State House of Assembly

Calista Ugwuaneke

Senior Counsel, FMOJ

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