Jubeda Khatun, co-founder and artistic director of Blackfest, the grassroots Combined Arts Festival, has been named Merseyside Woman of the Year) 2022 at the Merseyside Women of The Year Awards (MWOTY).
The accolade was presented by headline sponsor, Hill Dickinson, at the glittering Merseyside Women of the Year Awards (MWOTY) ceremony, held at the Crowne Plaza Liverpool on Friday 1st July.
Blackfest was established in 2018 to answer a crucial need in Liverpool to celebrate black artists and bridge the gap between institutions and marginalised communities in our region. The organisation is devoted to the aim of empowering, and providing a platform for, local Black artists across both community spaces and established venues.
Speaking of her win, Jubeda said: “It’s so amazing to be named Merseyside Women of the Year. I am really happy to get this recognition. This is not just for me but it’s for all the Muslim women and women of colour who dream of being leaders, who dream of leading organisations and making a positive impact in society at the same time.
“I hope that seeing me, here, winning this award will inspire more women who look like me to believe that they can do the same. I want to thank everyone who nominated me, the MWOTY organisers, especially its founder Ellie Kerr, and sponsors and all the other incredible finalists. Women are amazing and together we can make change."
MWOTY 2022 was hosted by Liverpool comedienne, singer and actor, Pauline Daniels and the event enjoyed a triumphant return on what was its first in-person awards ceremony since 2019, celebrating a host of courageous and inspirational women making a difference in Merseyside.
Woman of the Year Jubeda was also named as the winner of the Arts & Culture category, presented by Lady Anne Dodd, for her work with Blackfest.
The ceremony also saw a special Lifetime Achievement award being presented by Hill Dickinson to Maggie O’Carroll, Co-founder and CEO of The Women’s Organisation, which over the last 25 years has supported more than 70,000 women in the North West to assess their skills, test the viability of an idea, grow in confidence and become economically empowered.
The Merseyside Women of the Year (MWOTY) awards is an annual event celebrating the achievements of women from across the region, acknowledging and rewarding those who are changing and giving extra meaning to the lives of people from Merseyside and beyond.
Ellie Kerr is now the sole Founding Director and is delivering forward the 19-year legacy of MWOTY after being its first winner in 2003 and taking over the organisation of the awards in 2010.
MWOTY’s charity partner is the
Community Foundation for Merseyside
Photographs by @wildkindphotography
The full list of winners and photographs of MWOTY 2022 will feature in the August edition (Issue 39) of My Planet Liverpool.