On Friday 8th March 2013, members of WSSAG Wales attended The 2013 Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Awards Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
We were incredibly proud to be there to support our very own founder Constance Nzeneu as she was jointly awarded Migrant Woman of the Year along with Remzije Sherifi, who runs Maryhill Integration Network(MIN) in Scotland. Constance was handed her award by Nazek Ramadan, founder of Migrant Voice, and winner of the 2012 award.
It was a truly inspirational evening, full of hope and achievements and wonderful women. It has empowered our members to dream big and aim high. We at WSSAG Wales want to thank Migrant Forum for the event and to add our CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!!
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Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Award 2013
Women Seeking Sanctuary have been invited to the 2013 Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year.
More details can be found here
Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize
On Saturday 27th November 2010, WSSAG Wales was very proud and honoured to win The Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize group award, recognising the importance of WSSAG’s work with refugee and asylum seeking women who have escaped all forms of violence to seek sanctuary in the UK.
“Emma was a writer, campaigner and survivor of male violence who fought an historic struggle to overturn a murder conviction in 1995, supported by Justice for Women and other feminist campaigners.
Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize judges choose the recipient of a group award, established to recognise the unsung work done by many women’s groups and organisations. This award marks the outstanding contribution of women’s organisations who work in this embattled area and whose creativity and resourcefulness have resulted in developments that combat the prevalence of male violence.”
In the evening, there was the chance to join the Reclaim the Night march against rape and all forms of male violence against women. “We march today to demand our right to live without the fear or reality of rape and male violence, we demand an end to male violence against women, we take back this night to win the day”
WCVA Wales Volunteer of the Year 2010
The Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards, managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) and supported this year by CCLA Investment Management Ltd, is an annual opportunity to reward people who have made an outstanding contribution to their community.
On 10th June, WSSAG was honoured to have one of our members Constance Nzeneu receive an award for Volunteer of the Year at a presentation ceremony which was held in Cardiff Castle.
Adult category – Constance Nzeneu, Cardiff
‘Most women seeking sanctuary in the UK face not only the trauma that forced them to flee their country of origin and the complexity and hostility of the UK immigration system,’ said Patricia Barrera, Research Consultant with Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales (BVSNW).
‘They are also faced with the complex situation of finding themselves and their children in a foreign country which – most of the time – is alien to their cultural and social background.’
A board member of BVSNW, Constance – who is from Cameroon – is also currently training to become a volunteer adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau.
‘Constance has been one of the driving forces behind the emergence of WSSAG and its growing success,’ said Hywel Bishop, No Borders South Wales, who also nominated Constance for her award.
‘She acts as an inspiration to others by showing what can be achieved if women seeking sanctuary come and stand together to make their voices heard.’
Constance said her daily role involved providing a range of support, from interpreting to practical, social and moral. ‘There is no greater joy to know that you have helped someone.’
WSSAG is run by volunteers which not only empowers people but also builds vital life skills. We are very proud of the recognition for all the hard work that has been put in by our members, and celebrate such a great achievement for Constance.