We are delighted that our founder, Polly Harrar, has been shortlisted for the UK’s largest diversity awards, which recognises some of the nation’s most inspirational and selfless people.

With over 20,000 nominations and votes received this year, The National Diversity Awards pays tribute to grass root communities nationwide as well as opening up opportunities and providing a platform to spread positive messages.

The Sharan Project supports South Asian women who have been disowned by their families and communities due to harmful practices such as forced marriage, honour abuse, domestic violence and cultural conflict. www.sharan.org.uk

Polly’s nomination in the Positive Role Model Gender category recognises her dedication in supporting women for over 20 years to achieve equality, diversity and inclusion. The impact of her work has allowed some of the most marginalised members of our society to rebuild their lives.

Polly said of her nomination “to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a great honour and I am looking forward to meeting with my fellow nominees who continue to help make our world a better place.

When asked what it would mean to her to win the Award: “It would mean the world to me and show that by giving and caring for those who do not have a voice, we really can make a difference, this award would honour all the strong and inspiring individuals I have had the privilege to meet along the way”

The prestigious event celebrates charities, role models and community heroes who have given an outstanding contribution in the field of race, religion & faith, age, disability, gender and LGBT, it also includes categories such as Entrepreneur of Excellence Award, Diverse Company of the Year Award and Lifetime Achiever Award.

Microsoft will be just one of the brands supporting a skyfall of diversity talent alongside Barclays, The Army, Financial Ombudsman Service, Liverpool City Council, Penna, Mouchel, MI5, PwC, ThoughtWorks, Transport for London and The Open University.

We are delighted to see so many of our partners and supporters shortlisted for these awards and we look forward to celebrating their excellence and wish everyone all the very best on the night.

Winners will be announced at a black-tie event, which will be held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral on September 18th 2015. To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2015-shortlist

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