Social Justice Awards (BBSJA) for Women and Girls with Disabilities
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.
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
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
Disability Advisor, UNRWA, Jordan
Dr. Toyin Janet Aderemi-Ige is currently the Disability Advisor to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). While the position is based in the Headquarters in Jordan, she oversees the disability inclusion works of UNRWA in all its five field offices in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and Gaza. Prior to this position, Dr. Aderemi-Ige had worked as Country Representative for CBM Nigeria Country Office between 2015 and 2018. Previously, she worked as the Country Programme Manager of Light for the World in South Sudan and the HIV and Disability Technical Advisor for Handicap International (now Humanity & Inclusion). She holds a PhD (Behavioral Medicine), a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor of Pharmacy degrees. She has participated in many international discussions and conferences on disability inclusion. She has publications in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to international documents. Toyin is a 2018 Her Abilities Award Winner (Health & Education category). She is an alumna of the International Fellowship Program of the Ford Foundation, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Human Capital Development.
National Women Leader, APC PWDs Support Group
Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase, a Hard of Hearing person, popularly known as Mama Deaf She was born on the 12th January, 1955 at Ebute-Metta, Lagos, and had her primary and secondary education in Lagos, Nigeria. A trained social worker by the Lagos State Ministry of Sport and Social Development, she is the founder of Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, the immediate past Chairperson of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Lagos State Chapter, Vice chairperson, Disability Policy Advocacy Initiative and she is the distinguished lecturer of the year 2017 for STAND-U, Nigeria Independence Anniversary at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C New York, USA. She is a former member, Board of Trustees, Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) and the National Women Leader of APC Persons with Disabilities Support Group. Her commitment to promote the rights and welfare of persons living with disabilities have earned her a lot of outstanding recognition from notable bodies such as Gallaudet University (Office of International Program), Washington DC, USA, Access Ability Model, kingdom of Sweden Embassy and the National Human Rights Commission, Abuja.
Green Party Candidate for Kano State House of Assembly
Rabi Yusuf Gezawa is a polio survivor and the Executive Director of Gender and Disability Inclusion Advocacy Centre (GADIAC), the treasurer of Interest Party Women Network (IPWN) and the Present National Woman Leader of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities.
Rabi has been a Disability Right Advocate for 25 years She has worked with various state and non-state actors including Kano State Government, DRAC, CCD, PERL, RoLac etc. to advocate for access to inclusive education, Empowerment, Access to Health care delivery system, Access to vote and be voted for, Access to have a family, Social Inclusion, Right to live, Right to drive etc.
In 2019, Rabi under Green Party of Nigeria contested for member of Kano State House of Assembly. She also worked at GADIAC on the sensitization of persons with disabilities on the ills of vote buying and selling. Presently she is working with ACTION AGAINST HUNGER on making of social protection policy.
Senior Counsel, FMOJ
Ms. Ugwuaneke Calister Chinyere is the first Nigerian blind female Federal Attorney. She became blind at the age of five. She had her Primary Education in Special School for the blind, Oji-River Anambra State (1981-1985), she had her secondary education in Queen’s College, Yaba Lagos (1985-1991) and proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka where she had her University Education between (1991-1997). She attended the Nigerian Law School from the year (1999-2000) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in the year 2000 thus, she became the first blind female Nigerian to be enrolled into the Nigerian bar. She had her Bachelor of Law (LL. B) in 1997 and (BL) in year 2000. She is a member of African Union of the Blind (AFUB), Legal Adviser to the Initiative for Disability Inclusion and Diversity (INCLUDE).