Chwarae Teg, Wales’s leading gender equality charity, once again celebrated the achievements of women from all backgrounds and stages in life or work across Wales. Womenspire recognises women for every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution.
This year’s ceremony was held in the beautiful Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. The event attracted a full house and was filmed by ITV Wales.
Members of FTWW’s North Wales group made the trek knowing that Debbie was a finalist in the ‘Community Activist’ category, which made the evening even more exciting.
The other women in this category were phenomenal candidates for the award. The short films made to highlight both Debbie’s and their work, which were shown during the evening, can be seen here:
It was an overwhelming moment for FTWW members in the audience, those of us watching things happen on Twitter, and Debbie herself, when her name was announced as winner,
“Chwarae Teg Community Activist Award goes to Deborah! Deborah is the founder and CEO of FTWW: Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales.
She works tirelessly to help, support, and advocate for women throughout Wales. Congratulations Deborah on your amazing achievements!”
As the evening progressed, it became apparent that there was an award of which we hadn’t been aware: the last one of the evening, for an overall winner and ‘Champion of the Year’.
Low and behold, FTWW’s CEO was deemed the winner, “Our 2018 #Womenspire18 overall Champion of the Year is Deborah”, something we were absolutely not expecting to hear.
To be given such an accolade is a fantastic achievement for both Debbie herself – and, in her words, more importantly, ‘for the girls and women across Wales living with chronic, often invisible, illness’.
We are thrilled to see Debbie getting recognition for all the amazing work she has done since creating FTWW. She continues to make a real difference, empowering women across Wales to have their voices heard when it comes to their health. Long may it continue!
We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who nominated her, and Chwarae Teg for selecting her as their Champion.