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The Black Women's Project takes home two awards at the Bright Network’s Society of the Year Awards 2019

Executive members of The Black Women's Project collecting their awards at the Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards 2019

From left, Ruva, Tolu, Winnie, Lois, Matilda and Janice.

On Wednesday 4 December 2019 in London, The Black Women's Project won the Women's Society of the Year and the Society of the Year at the Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards 2019. The Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards is an annual day of celebration and recognition for university societies around the country that have made a real difference on campus.

The Black Women's Project, established in February 2015 and currently based at the University of Warwick, is a community organisation that operates at UK universities. Their aim is to develop the next generation of black female leaders. The Project champions being well in order to do well, and therefore lead well, and is based around sisterhood and wellbeing.

The current executive team has had a flying start in their new roles, winning multiple awards at the event in December last year. Lois Disanka, one of our second-year Single Honours Global Sustainable Development students, is the Co-President of The Black Women's Project. We spoke to Lois about the organisation's recent achievements.

"The Black Women’s Project has been running for 5 years and this year we are honoured to have won both Bright Network’s Society of the Year award as well as their Women’s award. Our goal this year was to be visible in order to spread the work we do beyond the campus at Warwick University."

Lois Disanka | Co-President of The Black Women's Project

Lois will also be speaking in the near future in Manchester at the She Who Leads, The Tour, ran by the Us Programme. The tour aims to enable young girls, mainly from disadvantaged backgrounds, to discover how to be great leaders.

 If you're interested in joining The Black Women's Project, please see here. To view their events schedule for Term 2, please see here.

 If you'd like to find out more about how to get involved with this year's Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards, please see here.

Matilda, a second year Liberal Arts student, speaking at the Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards 2019

Executive members of The Black Women's Project collecting their awards at the Bright Network's Society of the Year Awards 2019

A group photo of Ruva, Tolu and Matilda