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Nominations for the 2018 Baton Awards close today

CELEBRATING BAME WOMEN: ITV News presenter Charlene White will co-present the awards alongside Sky News presenter Gillian Joseph

THE TIME to nominate someone for a 2018 Baton Award is almost up.

Hundreds of nominations for a new awards that celebrate black, Asian and ethnic minority women of past, present and future have already been submitted from all over the world – but those yet to cast their entries will have to do so by 5pm today (October 5).

The Baton Awards have been designed not only to inspire BAME women, by celebrating pioneers and innovators, but to actively activate change at a grassroots level and create a surge in the myriad of industries that aren’t being accessed by the female BAME community.

Winners will receive their Baton Award 2018, from one of the pioneering predecessors (torchbearers) in the field they have succeeded in and receive ongoing mentoring from their BAME industry pioneer.

Broadcaster and journalist Charlene White Sky TV broadcaster Gillian Joseph have been confirmed to host the festivities.

Joseph said: “Not so long ago I was the intern, the green hopeful in the newsroom but now advancing years and experience have placed me firmly in the position of mentor. It’s a role I actually relish as it is imperative that the baton is passed on, and that is precisely what the awards hope to achieve.”

Baton Awards founder Dr Diahanne Rhiney said: "We have been blown away by both the quality and quantity of the nominations we have received so far. We really want to shatter the glass ceiling with this event by paving the way for BAME women so please take the time to nominate as many deserving candidates as you can think of so that we have as many great examples from every level of industry as possible."

Awards across 12 categories will be bestowed upon winners at the inaugural ceremony on November 29.

Applications to every category are encouraged from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as England – there is also a category for international BAME women.

Judges include an array of British pioneers including former athlete Michelle Moore and Dr Shola Mos Shogbamimu.

The categories:

· Third Sector of the Year
· Entrepreneur of the Year
· Creative Industry Award
· Sportswoman of The Year
· Political Figure Award
· STEM Trailblazer Award
· Excellence in Media Award
· Thought Leader Award
· International BAME Woman Award
· Professional Services Award
· Lord Hastings Integrity Award
· Against All Odds Award

To make nominations, visit www.thebatonawards.com/nominations

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