Nominations for the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2018 Open

25 July 2018


Do you know of somebody who has made a significant contribution to combating discrimination or advancing equality, but who has not yet received the credit they deserve? If so, please nominate them for the fourth annual Bob Hepple Equality Award.

Established by the Equal Rights Trust in memory of the late Professor Sir Bob Hepple QC, champion of equality and non-discrimination, and Chair and then Honorary President of the Trust. The award celebrates those who have dedicated themselves to advancing equality, in particular recognising the achievements of those who promote the comprehensive approach to equality which Bob Hepple promoted, and which drives our work at the Trust. We seek to honour those whose work has not yet received the widespread recognition we feel it deserves.

Previous winners have been Pragna Patel of the Southall Black Sisters, who has promoted and championed the rights of black and Asian women in the UK, and Mauro Cabral, Global Action for Trans Equality, who has played a major role in asserting the dignity and rights of trans and intersex persons (2015); Professor Anna Lawson of the Centre for Disability Studies for her outstanding contribution to research and activism in the field of disability rights (2016); Mamikon Hovsepyan of Pink Armenia, for his leadership on LGBT rights in Armenia (2017).

This year, we are seeking to recognise someone whose work has directly resulted in a legal victory in the field of equality (either through legislative reform or before a court), in line with the Declaration of Principles on Equality which Bob Hepple did so much to promulgate.  Nominees who champion the role of equality law in the enjoyment of other human rights; those who use the law to eradicate discrimination comprehensively, on a variety of different grounds; and those who challenge intersectional discrimination, are particularly welcome.

Submit a Nomination

If either your work or the work of somebody you know is relevant to this year’s theme and has not yet been widely celebrated, we would be delighted to hear from you. We are keen to receive nominations for individuals from across the world.

To make a submission please email a bio and brief summary (no more than a page in total) to explaining why the nominee is a worthy winner of the award. Some of the details that should be included are the awardee’s core achievements, any challenges they have faced and how these were overcome, and, where relevant, key attributes.

The Deadline for submissions is 15 August 2018. Following the selection process, the winner will be announced in August 2018 and will be sponsored to attend an award ceremony in London in October. Should you have any questions on the award criteria, the theme or award ceremony, please email


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