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The Advancing Race Equality Awards recognise individuals, teams, groups or networks that have been leading action, removing barriers and enhancing the inclusion of and engagement with ethnic minority people across Northern Ireland – from the workplace to the delivery of services.

The North West Migrants Forums Advancing Race Equality Awards – launched in 2021, are the only awards in Northern Ireland that recognise and reward individuals and organisations for promoting racial justice, equality, and inclusion.

This year’s awards take place on March 7 in Derry’s Everglades Hotel.

Read about last year’s awards and winners here.

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Awards Timeline

1st November 2023
Nominations Open

The public is invited to tell us about an individual, organisation, school or other body they feel merits an award.

12th January 2024
Nominations close:

We gather in all entries before turning them over to our independent panel of judges.

17th January 2024
Final evidence submitted:

The judges make sure they have everything they need before starting the arduous task of whittling down the entries.

17th - 22nd January 2024
Judging the nominees:

The judges have five days to trawl through all the evidence presented to them.

26th January 2024
Shortlist Announced

We announce to the waiting world who has made the all-important final cut.

7th March 2024
Winners Announced

Time to get all glammed up - It's Awards Night!

Meet Our Judging Panel

For The Advancing Race Equality Awards 2023

Dr Raymond Russell

With over 25 years of research and policy involvement, Raymond Russell's career spans from community research to his present role as a Researcher in the Northern Ireland Assembly. His extensive travels cultivated an appreciation for diverse cultures, foreseeing the enrichment of Northern Ireland's traditions with the arrival of new communities in the early 2000s.

Hannah Davies

Hannah Davies brings 25 years of professional experience, notably working at the United Nations where her roles include serving as a policy advisor and deputy director, managing a substantial fund for global civil society organisations. After settling in Northern Ireland in 2018, she pursued a PhD studying bureaucratic identity in UN peace operations with a focus on gender and nationality.

Eliza Browning

Eliza Browning serves as the Policy Officer at the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), contributing to advancing human rights in Northern Ireland. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, she holds a Juris Doctor and previously worked as a family law litigator and legal advocate for children in foster care. She remains dedicated to promoting justice in Northern Ireland.

Donna Namukasa

Donna Namukasa is a Belfast-based social worker and Ugandan musician with an extensive knowledge of African music and culture. Using her singing and dancing talents, she informs and educates on black and history and culture. Donna was among the keynote speakers at this year's Black History Summit held in Ulster University's Magee campus where she spoke passionately about the power of music in creating unity.

Beverly Simpson

Beverly, a devoted mother and nurse from Guyana, South America, has been involved in Northern Ireland's care sector since 2005. Her passionate activism extends to collaborating with the Equality Commission NI to combat workplace racism, serving as a trade union steward, and holding various roles within NWMF. Beverly also holds a Level Three qualification in counselling and drug misuse and has recently joined the board of NI Women European Platform.

Ken Fraser

Ken was born in Scotland and gained an MA (Hons) in French Language and Literature at St Andrew's University. He later secured a Masters in European Studies at Sussex University. He joined the then Department of Trade and Industry before being appointed head of the Racial Equality Unit in OFMDFM. He is proud to have recognised the potential of NWMF when first contacted and to have played a role in supporting the organisation in its early days.

Professor Duncan Morrow

Duncan Morrow is a lecturer in politics where he has published widely in the fields of conflict resolution, Northern Ireland politics and the relationship between religion and politics. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Ulster University developing relationships with groups and organisations across the community. His research interests include conflict and religion, ethnic conflict, Northern Ireland politics and the work of Rene Girard.

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