The concept of The Welsh Asian Women Achievement Award –WAWAA, was first envisaged when Professor Meena Upadhyaya attended The Welsh Woman of the Year ceremony in Cardiff in 2008 as one of the finalists. She did not win the award, but she noticed that Asian women were markedly under-represented among the finalists. Meena identified the need to recognise the talents of Asian women and girls and to increase their self-esteem and motivation.
The project was established in 2010 and the first awards ceremony, which recognised women from six Asian countries in south Asia, was held in 2011. Subsequent to this, the scheme has continued to grow and the most recent awards ceremony, held in April 2015, represented all 46 countries in Asia. Building upon this success, The Welsh Asian Women Award -WAWAA has now opened the awards to include all women of ethnic minorities and has re-branded as The Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association.
WAWAA/EMWWAA in the press