Celebrating Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is proud to announce nominations for the 2019 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award are now open.

About the Award

The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is a biennial award which recognises the contribution women with disabilities in Victoria have made which has either directly benefited women with disabilities, or ensured a more inclusive community.

We encourage the nomination of women with diverse backgrounds and/or life experiences.

The award recipient will be announced at WDV’s Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2019, and receives $2,000 towards a capacity-building project or professional development. 

Nominations close: 3 September 2019

 “I was surprised and honoured to be nominated for the award, and even more honoured to win given the amazing candidates and the amazing work they have been doing.”– Jenny Godwin, 2017 recipient.

About Brenda Gabe

Brenda Gabe became a devoted disability advocate after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994. Brenda worked tirelessly on many advocacy campaigns including accessible housing and transport, as well as gender and disability related campaigns.


To find out more about the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award, including details about previous nominees and winners, please contact Elyse Cox:

P  (03) 9286 7800

E  elyse.cox@wdv.org.au

For media stories, please contact Nicole Smith:

P  (03) 9286 7814

E  nicole.smith@wdv.org.au

Alternatively, refer to our website at www.wdv.org.au/BrendaGabeAward

Women with Disabilities Victoria gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution and support provided by Dr Helen Sykes AM, Director of Future Leaders, in making this award possible.