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NUS Black Students' Officer Malia Bouattia wins #EightWomen award

Friday 19 September 2014 Black Students

Malia Bouattia has been voted a winner of Media Diversified’s #EightWomen awards.

The awards were born in 2013 after Media Diversified was sent an article which asked ‘which 8 women of colour have changed the UK?’ Now in their second year, the awards celebrate the achievements of black women and spread awareness of the incredible work that goes on.

This year there were 80 women nominated.

The nominees included musician M.I.A., writer Meera Syal and politician Baroness Warsi. After a public poll Malia was voted as one of the eight most inspirational women nominated. 

Along with her work at NUS Malia has also founded, established and promoted a number of organisations.

These include the Black Women’s Forum UK, the West Midlands Pan-African Students’ Union and the West Midlands Palestine societies Forum. This award recognises all that she’s achieved so far.

Malia said ‘I feel so honoured to have won the ‪EightWomen award alongside such inspiring and influential women.’ ‬

‘My successes are thanks to all the strong Black women in my family and across history who have paved the way for me’

‘They have inspired me to believe that my actions can make a real difference.’ 

‘I also feel privileged because it is sadly so rare to find spaces or awards which recognise Black women’s contributions, but I look forward to changing this alongside our national Women’s Officer Susuana!’

Media Diversified stated that ‘there are few occasions where women of colour are hailed and celebrated for their achievements’. They added that the awards helped recognise the amazing achievements of these women and that ‘these trailblazers are very much worth celebrating!’ 

Read more about the awards and see the full list of winners and nominees.