Her Abilities Award: A Spotlight on 99 Abilities

Nominations for Light for the World's new award start today
Key Visual: Her Abilities Award. Credit: Licht für die Welt / PKP BBDO

Nominations for the Her Abilities Award, the first global award honouring the achievements of women with disabilities, have started today. The award  is a Light for the World initiative together with blind Ethiopian human rights lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie, who won the Right Livelihood Award in 2017 and the Spirit of Helen Keller Award 2018.

Yetnebersh Nigussie said: “The main message of this award is: focus on our 99 abilities, not our one disability!”

Her Abilities will award the achievements of women with disabilities in three categories: Health & Education; Arts, Culture & Sports; and Rights. 

The Jury

An independent award jury will decide on the winners. The jury is made up of brilliant women from around the world, including 

  • Shantha Rau Barriga, Director of the disability rights division at Human Rights Watch, USA
  • María Soledad Cisternas Reyes, Law professor, Special Envoy of General Secretary of the UN on Disability and Accessibility, Chile
  • Ninia LaGrande, Writer, host, poetry slammer, Germany
  • Ekaete Judith Umoh, Social inclusion and disability expert, Nigeria
  • Farida Gulamo, was the first President of the Paralympic Committee, activist in sport and education, Mozambique
  • Rachel Kachaje, disability rights activist, former Minister of Persons with Disability and Elderly Affairs, Malawi
  • Mariam Doumbia, musician, part of the Grammy nominated Duo Amadou & Mariam, Mali

More jury members will be confirmed over the coming weeks. 


Nominations start today on www.her-abilities-award.org and will end on 30 September 2018. They can be submitted online by any person or governmental or non-governmental organisation. Nominated can be every woman with disability, regardless of nationality who fit the conditions and the three categories. The laureates will be announced on World Disability Day on 3rd December 2018.

>> Her Abilities Award website