Diverse Matters was awarded the Natwest Chairman’s Award at the 19th Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) Awards on 8th May 2018 at a star-studded event in London in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, and Her Grace The Duchess of Wellington.
The Chairman acknowledged “Yasmin’s approach in tackling disability, both visible and non-visible, with such breadth and depth and all at the same time as she becomes accustomed to her own life-changing experience after sustaining a spinal stroke at the age of 29. Her humility and the way in which she challenges pre-conceptions and uses modern methods to de-stigmatise views of disability, LGBT and ethnic minorities is truly awe-inspiring.”
The awards celebrate the incredible achievements of Asian women and the contribution they make, both professionally and in their communities, across a vast range of industries and professions, from science, medicine and technology to sport, business and charity work.
This year’s list of winners featured an incredibly diverse and exciting group of women. Despite their varied backgrounds, the winners are united by their shared ability to inspire; to be role models for the next generation, and their determination to drive positive change in their respective fields.
You can watch the full video below:
Zahra NurmohamedDiverse Matters awarded Natwest Chairman’s Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards
Yasmin Sheikh, Founder of Diverse Matters, is going to challenge your thinking about how society looks at disability. You may feel uncomfortable as you question what you may have thought or said in the past about and to disabled people.
At the age of 29, Yasmin had a life-changing event which made her see the world completely differently. One of the challenges she has faced is that suddenly overnight people saw her differently too. Yasmin will share with you her experiences and how you can build a bridge by including disabled people and see the world through a different lens.
You can watch Yasmin’s full talk below:
Zahra NurmohamedDiverse Matters invited to give a TEDx Talk – Disability does not mean inability
Yasmin Sheikh, Founder of Diverse Matters, a specialist Disability & Diversity Training consultancy, was invited to deliver a talk at the Lord Mayor’s Appeal 2017 Power of Diversity Breakfast entitled ‘Disability: A Desirable Disadvantage’. During the talk, which was sponsored by Barclays and Aon, discussed how organisations and their staff can create a culture of self-examination to make their organisations more inclusive and accepting of diversity and disability. You can watch Yasmin’s full talk below:
Yasmin SheikhDiverse Matters Invited to Speak at the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Event
The Diverse Matters Wheelchair Challenge organised by Yasmin Sheikh
Do you struggle to keep disability on the diversity agenda?
Do you have a disability network or perhaps it has died a bit of a death?
Maybe you have a low disclosure rate for people with disabilities (both visible and non-visible) as they are worried about sharing this information which means that they are less productive and unaware of the adjustments which can help them thrive at work.
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above then the Diverse Matters Wheelchair Challenge gives visibility to disability.
The Diverse Matters Wheelchair Challenge
1. What is it?
The Diverse Matters Wheelchair Challenge is an exciting movement, which is now in its third year, involving volunteers in London organisations across the legal, banking, financial and insurance world, who wish to give visibility to disability in the workplace. Volunteers will spend 8 hours using a manual wheelchair during the working day and will only use the chairs in their offices.
2. What are the benefits of doing the challenge?
EY (Ernst & Young) have taken part in the challenge and have shared a short video which can be viewed below.
Yasmin SheikhEY (Ernst & Young) to Participate in the Diverse Matters Wheelchair Challenge