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Cardiff Met Academics Receive Wales Assembly of Women Accolade

​Chris​tina Thatcher and Dr Kathryn Addicott have scooped two of three prestigious awards in memory of a Welsh woman who campaigned for women's rights across the world.

Now in their fourth year, The Audrey Jones Memorial Awards for Research by Women were presented at Saturday's Wales Assembly of Women annual conference.

This year's conference was themed around Women's Rights are Human Rights: Enhancing Women's Rights in Wales.

Published poet Christina is a Creative writing Lecturer at Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy and Dr Kathryn Addicott from the University's School of Management is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management within the Business Studies Department and HRM Field Group.

Ruth Nortey from Cardiff University was also honoured at the awards, presented by National Assembly for Wales Government Deputy Minister Jane Hutt AM.

Ruth spoke on 'Disabled Women in Public Life in Wales,' and Christina's talk was 'Say their Name': A glimpse into how women talk and write about bereavement by Addiction.'

In a long career, Audrey Jones represented Wales on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and contributed to UN consultations and debates on women's rights across the world. She taught for 40 years at St Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth, retiring as deputy head in 1990. She died in 2015 aged 84. The awards in her name are now in their fourth year.

Co-ordinator of the Audrey Jones Memorial Awards, Dr Jane Salisbury said:

"We were delighted with the quality of entries we received this year. ​Audrey always felt too many research findings remained hidden away from public view. She would be thrilled to know a new platform for female scholars had been established in her name."

Wales Assembly of Women Chair Professor Jackie Jones spoke at the event, focussing on '40 Years of International Rights for Women.' This aligned with Kim Ann Williamson MBE's talk on human trafficking in Wales and Chwarae Teg Chief Executive Cerys Furlong who presented the Gender Equality Review in Wales.

The Wales Assembly of Women is an independent organisation for women in Wales. Its representatives have attended every major UN world conference for women since Nairobi in 1985.

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