Traveller Pride Awards 2019
The aim of the Awards is to celebrate Traveller achievements whilst highlighting some of the obstacles that exist for Travellers in Irish society, to instil pride, increase expectations and celebrate Travellers’ undoubted positive contribution to Irish life and also the pride and determination one has to have in order to succeed as a Traveller.
The awards are judged in eight separate categories.
Award Categories for Achievement in:
- Arts or Culture
- Enterprise or Employment
- Intersectionality (supporting the rights of Travellers who have multiple marginalised ethnicities or experiences)
We would ask you to begin considering individuals/groups you may wish to nominate. The closing date for nominations is WEDNESDAY 3rd April 2019. Nomination forms can be sent by post, online or email but must reach us by 5pm, Wednesday 3rd April
The new Intersectionality award: Through this new award we are aiming to highlight the challenges and successes for the members of the Traveller community who are impacted through multiple forms of discrimination and to recognise the work done to protect and improve their rights and situations. Through an awareness of intersectionality within the Traveller community, we understand that for some Travellers there are numerous layers of discrimination that directly impact on their lives. Examples of these groups include but are not limited to, Travellers in care, homeless Travellers, LGBTI+ Travellers, disabled Travellers and Traveller women.
The Traveller Pride Awards 2019 is being organised by a committee comprising The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM), Minceirs Whiden, Exchange House, Pavee Point, National Traveller MABS, the National Traveller Women’s Forum, Involve and the Parish of the Travelling People.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The panel will consider lifelong learning as well as academic achievement, as Travellers overcome barriers to achieve in education with their identity intact.
The panel will consider the groups or individuals who have shown commitment to sporting achievement, with pride in their Traveller identity in various sporting fields.
The panel will consider young Travellers whose involvement in local or national initiatives demonstrate leadership qualities, act as role models for their peers and have shown a commitment to Travellers’ rights and broader human rights issues
Arts or Culture:
The panel will consider groups or individuals who have demonstrated either within the community and/or the wider arts/culture sphere a commitment to Traveller identity and Traveller heritage or who have achieved in the arts or culture, proud of their Traveller identity
The panel will consider groups or individuals who have demonstrated either within the community and/or the music sphere a commitment to Traveller identity and Traveller heritage or who have achieved as musicians proud of their Traveller identity
Enterprise or Employment:
The panel will consider groups or individuals who have set up enterprises who are generating wealth within the community or Travellers employed within mainstream employment, with their identity intact, who are leaders in the field and are breaking down barriers.
The panel will consider individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Travellers’ rights and a commitment to broader human rights issues, who have shown solidarity with other struggles, including other marginalised groups, those experiencing poverty and a commitment to anti-racism, anti-sexism and anti-homophobia.
The panel will consider individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of Travellers who hold multiple marginalised identities or experiences. For example: LGBT+ Travellers, Deaf or Disabled Travellers, Traveller Women, Homeless Travellers, Travellers in care etc.
ISSUES TO CONSIDER PRIOR TO NOMINATING SOMEONE
1) If you are nominating an individual or group for an award, you must make them aware and be sure that they consent to be nominated.
2) If you are nominating an individual or group for more than one award, please send separate nomination forms. The rationale for someone being nominated for a sports award will not be the same as the reason for nominating them for an education award etc.
The judges can only judge what is placed in front of them. Therefore, take time in putting together the reason why you think someone should win an award. It may not only be for what they have achieved- a sports award, job, qualification etc- the award may be what barriers someone had to overcome even to get to school or return to education, be involved in a community project or be part of a local team.