The concept of The Welsh Asian Women Achievement Award –WAWAA, was first envisaged when our founder Professor Meena Upadhyaya attended The Welsh Woman of the Year ceremony Awards in Cardiff in 2008 as one of the finalists. She did not win the award, but she noticed that Asian women were markedly under-represented among the finalists. Meena identified the need to recognise the talents of Asian women and girls and to increase their self-esteem and motivation.
The project was established in 2010 and the first awards ceremony, which recognised women from six Asian countries in south Asia, was held in 2011! Subsequent to this, the scheme has continued to grow!
The awards ceremony held in April 2015, had representatives from all 46 countries in Asia. And every since that there has been no stopping and we have proudly organized five award ceremonies to date, an accomplishment we are extremely proud of!
Building upon this success, The Welsh Asian Women Award -WAWAA decided to open the awards to include all women of ethnic minorities and has re-branded itself as The Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWA).
EMWWAA has time and again celebrated the lives and achievements of such women through the EMWWAA Awards and will continue to do so in the future with all your love and support.
We believe all women can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
To recognise and celebrate the achievements of ethnic minority women and girls from different walks of life in Welsh society.
To recognise and celebrate the achievements of BAME women and girls in Wales,
To identify role models for the communities,
To facilitate community cohesion,
To facilitate integration with the mainstream group,
To promote equality, diversity, and inclusion.