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National Diversity Awards 2013 nominations open

Your annual opportunity to nominate your own diversity role models

Jess Banham

Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:08:56 GMT | Updated 4 years today

It's a new year and nominations are opening for the UK's largest diversity awards!


The National Diversity Awards is a unique event that celebrates some of the most excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from all over the UK.


The awards' primary objective is to promote equal opportunities for every minority background or alternative lifestyle, including age, disability, race, faith, gender identity and sexual orientation. The awards recognise all the hard work and dedication that charities and community organisations have given to create a more diverse, friendly and inclusive society.


For the second year DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska will join the judging panel to decide which nominees receive recognition at the glamorous awards ceremony.


Support for previous years' events has come from celebrities such as Stephen Fry and journalist and TV presenter Amal Fashanu (pictured at the event last year), the 23-year-old niece of the out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu.


Amal Fashanu began a campaign to tackle homophobia in football, after her uncle Justin tragically committed suicide in 1998. Amal created a documentary that aired on the BBC in hopes of discovering why there are still no openly gay footballers in the premiere league.


Theresa McHenry, HR director at Microsoft UK comments that "the National Diversity Awards are a wonderful way to recognize the extraordinary contribution of real people to our communities".


Nominations open this month, so make sure you don't miss the chance to vote for your favourite positive role model. You can vote via their website, or for a nomination form email


The ceremony will take place at the Queens Hotel in Leeds on 20 September2013. Paul Sesay, the chief executive of the National Diversity Awards said, "If ever there was a time to celebrate and elevate the truly staggering diversity of talent the UK has to offer - it is now".








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