Nominations open for Bob Hepple Equality Award 2017

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 third 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 significantly contributed to advancing black and Asian feminism in the UK, and Mauro Cabral, Global Action for Trans Equality, who played a major role in asserting the dignity and rights of trans and intersex persons (2015); and Professor Anna Lawson of the Centre for Disability Studies for her outstanding contribution to research and activism in the field of disability rights (2016).

This year, we are seeking to recognise someone who has made a unique contribution to promoting equality at their local or national level, in line with the Declaration of Principles on Equality which Bob Hepple did so much to promulgate.  Nominees who champion the role of equality in the enjoyment of other human rights; those who work to eradicate discrimination comprehensively, on a variety of different grounds; and those who fight 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 14 June 2017. Following the selection process, the winner will be announced in July 2017 and will be sponsored to attend an award ceremony in London in September. Should you have any questions on the award criteria, the theme or award ceremony, please email


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