The concept of Welsh Asian Women Achievement Award (WAWAA) was first envisaged when our founder, Professor Meena Upadhyaya attended the Welsh Woman of the year award ceremony in Cardiff in 2008 as one of the finalists. Meena did not win the award, but she noticed that Asian women were markedly under-represented amongst the finalists. Meena also identified the need to recognise the talents of Asian women and girls and to increase their self-esteem and motivation.
The project, Welsh Asian Women Achievement Award (WAWAA) was initiated in 2010 and the first awards ceremony was held in 2011. Since then there has been no stopping us and we have proudly organized five award ceremonies to date, an accomplishment of which we are immensely proud.
Building on our success, The Welsh Asian Women Award -WAWAA decided to embrace all black and minority ethnic women and girls in Wales. The organization was re-branded as the Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (EMWWAA).
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 black, Asian and minority ethnic women and girls in Wales
– To identify role models for the communities
– To facilitate community cohesion
– To facilitate integration
– To promote equality, diversity, and inclusion