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. Matilda Oduntan and Olamide Ajisafe, second-year Liberal Arts students, are currently Welfare Officers at The Black Women's Project. We spoke to Matilda and Olamide about the organisation's recent achievements.
"I don’t think any of us expected the big win of Society of the Year. And that says a lot about the visibility and appreciation of black women, and how perceptions of us taint how we view our abilities and accomplishments. Winning this award is a tangible reminder of how black women are more than capable of entering and excelling in any space, despite the restrictions placed upon us by society and perpetuated within our community."
Matilda Oduntan | Welfare Officer at The Black Women's Project
"Being awarded not one, but two, Bright Network Awards is such an honour for The Black Women’s Project (BWP) team and it acts as a symbol of all of the hard work that we have put in this year. These awards have motivated us even more to achieve our goal of creating a community in which black women have the skills that enable them to “be well”, “do well”, and therefore “lead well”. This is only the beginning for BWP, and I am extremely excited to see what we achieve next. I’d like to say a special thank you to the Bright Network. The recognition that they have given us as a society will drive us to achieve even more in the future."
Olamide Ajisafe | Welfare Officer at The Black Women's Project
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.