WHO IS your Scotswoman of the Year 2016?
This year’s winner will be following in the footsteps of some remarkable women, including last year’s title holder Adele Patrick, formidable founder of nationally recognised museum Glasgow Women’s Library.
There are many more women like Adele out there, and we want to hear about them.
It could be your next door neighbour or someone in your family. It could be an unsung heroine from your local charity, a business leader, or even a famous face you feel deserves recognition for the work they do.
Nominations are already coming in thick and fast – so if you know someone who deserves to take the title, make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to tell us all about her.
The closing date for nominations is December 9 and the event, supported by our partners St Enoch Centre, takes place in Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday, February 23, 2016.
To inspire you, here are some women who have made a powerful impact on the lives of those around them – could any one of them be a contender for this year’s crown?
Human rights activist Amal Azzudin was one of the original Glasgow Girls, who fought to stop inhumane dawn raids on asylum-seeking families in Drumchapel.
Since graduating from Glasgow University, Amal has continued to work with asylum seekers and refugees with the Mental Health Foundation and in August, she was named one of Saltire Society’s Outstanding Women of Scotland. Amal continues to campaign and is a member of Scotland’s Taskforce set up by the First Minister in response to the refugee crisis.
Scotland’s double Paralympic sprint gold medallist Libby Clegg – who overcame injury and a move to wearing a blindfold to set world records – was named as Female Para Athlete of the Year this year.
Libby suffers from a deteriorating eye condition known as Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease, which means she only has slight peripheral vision in her left eye, and is registered as blind.
She burst on to the scene aged just 16, winning 200m silver at the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships and has wowed athletics fans and commentators ever since.
Scottish Politician of the Year Ruth Davidson has had a successful year as she watched her party win a record 31 seats in the Scottish Parliament and overtake Labour to become the second largest party there.
And grandmother Mary Kavanagh, who survived the Clutha helicopter crash, is now dedicating her time to the Clutha Trust,
which helps fund music and arts projects for disadvantaged children all over Glasgow.