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17th April 2022

Merseyside Women of the Year 2022 – Nominate Now

Last month, we celebrated International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. You can celebrate the women closer to home, with Merseyside Women of the Year (MWOTY) Awards. While the awards ceremony is Friday 1st July, nominations close at 11.59pm on 24th April, so move quickly!

We have waited a long time to come back together and this year’s awards are set to be the most eagerly-anticipated and spectacular yet. Over the past two years we have seen some truly incredible women doing amazing work to support their communities, keep businesses afloat and people employed through unprecedented times of difficulty – these awards will be when we honour them.

Ellie Kerr – Founding Director

Who Can You Nominate?

They are seeking nominees from across the Merseyside region who are from or work in Merseyside and identify as a woman or non-binary. The awards recognise the region’s incredible and diverse communities that are making a difference, inspiring others and changing lives. You can nominate someone you know or even yourself!

The panel receive a myriad of nominations each year across the following categories:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Best Supporting Male
  • Business Leader
  • Community Change
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inspirational Woman
  • Social Impact
  • Women’s Group
  • Women Making a Difference
  • Women of Courage
  • Young Female Apprentice
  • and, if you can’t decide, they even have an option for Not Sure/Other!

How Do They Decide?

When deciding on the overall ‘Merseyside Woman of the Year’, the public vote constitutes 50% of the overall decision, with the remaining 50% coming from the judging panel and nomination form combined. To narrow down their finalists, they allocate points to the following criteria:

  • Quality of Submission (10 points) – This is how well you’ve provided details about your nominee. A thorough explanation of who they are, their background and what they do. The nitty gritty of why them!
  • Innovation/Creativity (20 points) – What makes them stand out? They could be doing something differently, innovatively or creatively but it’s something nobody else is doing!
  • Achievements, Performance and Difference Made (25 points) While self-explanatory, this is your chance to give hard details on what you nominee has achieved. Add some statistics, testimonies, or facts. If they’ve been recognised for their work elsewhere, drop that in too.
  • Community/Charitable Impact (25 points) – It’s Merseyside Women of the Year but you nominee could have served a specific community in the area. How have they made a difference to people’s lives? 
  • Vision/Sustainability (20 points) – Forward thinking, future proofing. Maybe the initial project is scaling up or spreading out. What changes have been made and how can they continue?

Cover image by cottonbro from Pexels.