1040 GMT April 21, 2021
The winners will be announced on March 8 concurrent with the global celebration of women and gender equality, paralympic.org reported.
Since its inception in 2013, this is the second year that the International Women’s Day Recognition has expanded into categories, awarding primarily women in the Paralympic Movement who inspire and emulate the Paralympic ideals, and serve as positive role models.
Five outstanding female candidates each, make up the Builder and Next Generation categories, respectively. Three organizations have been shortlisted for the National Paralympic Committee and International Federation (NPC/IF) category.
The winners will be decided by the IPC’s Women in Sport Committee, chaired by Rita van Driel, who said, “The 2021 International Women’s Day Recognition supports one of the IPC’s key strategic objectives, which is to promote gender balance in leadership positions across the Paralympic Movement. I can say without doubt that the 2021 nominations process has been our strongest to date, and we are hugely encouraged by the number of entries which showed women across the movement breaking down barriers that restrict participation and implementing initiatives that engage more women at all levels and positions in Paralympic sport.”
The Builder category recognizes sustained and consistent leadership over a period of time, advocacy, overall contributions and impact promoting and supporting women in sport.
Moshref Javadi, who is a candidate in the Builder category, also serves on NPC Iran’s executive board, shedding light on the abilities and challenges for women.
The other candidates in the category are President of the World Curling Federation Kate Caithness CBE, former American Paralympic multi-medalist in athletics and a member of the IPC Ann Cody-Morris, President of the Chinese Taipei Paralympic Committee Ming-chu Mu and National Paralympic Committee of NPC Fiji Shaenaz Voss.
The Next Generation category honors emerging leadership, advocacy, overall contributions and impact promoting and supporting women in sport. Candidates in this category are considered to be in the early stage of their career.
Nemati, who is a candidate in the Next Generation category, is also a distinguished activist. She participated at the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in May 2018, was designated as the first Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Ambassador by the president of Global Understanding (GU) Regional Action Center in Iran.
Other candidates in the category are Jenny Ortiz Cardenas (Colombia), a member of World Para Powerlifting’s Education and Development Advisory Group, Fathimath Ibrahim (Maldives), a Para athlete volunteering with the Maldivian Red Crescent for the past 10 years, Ileana Rodriguez, a former refugee and London 2012 Paralympian and Nur Syahidah Binte Alim, Singapore’s first female Para archer and first world champion who currently serves as a member of the Asian Paralympic Committee Athlete's Committee.
The NPC/IF category recognizes the leadership and impact of National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs) that promote and support women in sport. The candidates are:
World Para Powerlifting, Paralympics New Zealand, NPC Peru.
The 2020 winners were Poland’s Paulina Malinowska-Kowalczyk (Builder), Jordan’s Maha Bargouthi (Next Generation Leader) and Paralympics Australia (National Paralympic Committee and International Federation).