Logo: Her Abilities Awards

Her Abilities, the first global award launched by Light for the World honours women with disabilities in three categories: health & education, rights and arts, culture & sports. If you know amazing women, who devote their lives to help others, reach out to us now!  


Her Abilities will award the achievements of women with disabilities globally from the following three categories:


Health & Education

Women with disabilities from the health or education sector.


Women with disabilities from the advocacy and rights sector, who advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and their inclusion.

Arts, Culture & Sports

Women with disabilities from the arts, culture and sports sectors.


  • Winners of the Her Abilities Award 2019 (c) Gregor Kuntscher

    Her Abilities Award 2020 - 124 nominations from 48 different countries

    13. Nov 2020
    For the third time, the Her Abilities Award is honouring great achievements of women with disabilities.  We are excited to announce an impressive tally of 124 nominees, all of whom stand out due to exceptional accomplishments in their life and field of work. Facts & Figures
  • Statement on our Twitter communication

    Statement on our Twitter communication

    14. Jul 2020
    We recently shared with partner organisations a tweet about the Her Abilities Award. The tweet said: “Focus on our 99 abilities, not our 1 disability”.
  • Her Abilities Award

    Calling brilliant women with disabilities!

    02. Jul 2020
    Nominations for the 2020 Her Abilities Award are now open. Spread the word. 

About the Award

Her Abilities was launched by Light for the World to honour women with disabilities who achieved greatness in their life or field of work.

“We are launching Her Abilities to give something back to a community who are so often sidelined or made invisible by society – women with disabilities. There are so many inspiring and strong women with disabilities out there who achieve greatness every day. Her Abilities will shine a spotlight on their extraordinary achievements and, in turn – I hope, inspire a brand new generation of women with disabilities.” - Yetnebersh Nigussie, Award initiator

More about Yetnebersh Nigussie

Logo: Her Abilities Awards


Nominations will open again on 6. July 2020, and anyone can nominate. The nominees have to be women with disabilities and can be nominated in three categories.

Nominations are open until 27. September 2020!