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Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2014: Open for nominations

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Created in 1999 by India-born author and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani OBE (who featured in BBC Woman’s Hour 2013 Power “List” of the UK’s most influential women), and supported by patrons Cherie Blair and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, the Asian Women of Achievement awards are themselves evolving, like UK attitudes towards Asian women.

Now, in 2014, the awards will celebrate their 15th Anniversary, spotlighting the extraordinary achievements of Asian women in the UK, across business, the arts, media, sport and social and humanitarian work.

Former winners include:

  • Meera Syal, writer, actress and winner of the 2002 “Chairman’s award” at the Asian Women of Achievement awards;
  • Nina Wadia, actress and EastEnders star, and winner of the 2004 “Chairman’s award”
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith, the first Asian woman to lead a FTSE 250 business, MITIE, and winner of the 2008 “Business” award;
  • Farah Ramzan Golant, CEO of All3Media and 2010 winner of the “Business” awards;
  • Riz Lateef, BBC News presenter and “Media” winner at the 2009 awards;
  • Mishal Husain, BBC Today Programme presenter and winner of the 2004 “Media” award; and
  • Camilla Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company founder and winner of the 2003 “Social and Humanitarian” award.

In all, more than 500 women, many unsung heroines of British society, have been recognized over the 15-year history of the awards.

We encourage you to become involved by putting forward a nomination. Let us know about the remarkable and inspirational Asian women in Britain today and join us in celebrating this notable anniversary, 2014 promises to be a significant year for the awards.

Asian women can be nominated for one of eleven categories, which can be viewed here. The deadline for nominations is 17 March, 2014.

For further information, please visit the awards website or contact Katie Allner on

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