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Maya Jama and Mo Farah are shortlisted for prestigious gong at European Diversity Awards

Awards: Maya Jama and Mo Farah are among the names shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards

Maya Jama and Sir Mo Farah are shortlisted for the prestigious gong at the European Diversity Awards for ‘defending and promoting inclusion’

  • Maya Jama and Sir Mo Farah are among the names shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards
  • The presenter, 28, and the Olympic runner, 39, were both shortlisted for the media diversity champion of the year gong
  • Maya has been nominated for her work as an ambassador for the charity Savera UK, which tackles culturally specific abuse in the UK
  • Sir Mo has been shortlisted for his work as an anti-trafficking supporter after recently releasing his documentary The Real Mo Farah

Maya Jama and Sir Mo Farah are among the names shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards.

The presenter, 28, and the Olympic runner, 39, were both shortlisted for the Media Diversity Champion of the Year gong.

Maya was nominated for her work as an ambassador for the charity Savera UK, which tackles culturally specific abuses in the UK including forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

Awards: Maya Jama and Mo Farah are among the names shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards

Awards: Maya Jama and Mo Farah are among the names shortlisted for the prestigious European Diversity Awards

Sir Mo has been shortlisted for his work as an anti-trafficking supporter after recently releasing his documentary The Real Mo Farah.

On the show, Sir Mo revealed he was smuggled to Britain aged nine and spent his early years in domestic servitude, explaining that his real name was not Mo but Hussein Abdi Kahin.

The pair take on Lioness Beth Mead, who is nominated for her work promoting women in football, and Jake Daniels – the first male professional footballer in the UK to come out publicly as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

Ukrainian Premier League star Oleksandr Zinchenko, who has spoken out against the Russian invasion of his home country, is also vying for the prestigious honour.

Lawyer: Mo - who recently released a documentary on illegal child trafficking in the UK - has been shortlisted for his work as an anti-trafficking supporter

Lawyer: Mo – who recently released a documentary on illegal child trafficking in the UK – has been shortlisted for his work as an anti-trafficking supporter

Other names shortlisted for the gong include anti-racism activist Aïssa Maïga, social change advocate Omar Sy and football coach Vincent Kompany.

According to information from the European Diversity Awards, the gong rewards people who “work persistently to defend and promote diversity and inclusion”.

European Diversity Awards founder Linda Riley said: “As Europe emerges from pandemic lockdowns and we begin to see the repercussions, it is now more essential than ever to recognize the organisations, businesses and individuals who work tirelessly to defend and promote diversity and inclusion.

Charity work: Maya has been nominated for her work as an ambassador for charity Savera UK, which tackles culturally specific abuse in the UK, including forced marriage

Charity work: Maya has been nominated for her work as an ambassador for the charity Savera UK, which tackles culturally specific abuses in the UK, including forced marriage

“I am thrilled that so many of these individuals and organizations have continued to show their dedication to diversity throughout the pandemic, demonstrating the true strength of their commitment.

“I am particularly pleased to see more and more organizations doing more to support wellbeing, social mobility and supplier diversity on their agenda.

“Over the past 12 months, our candidates have made great achievements, championing diversity of race, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, social mobility or religious belief.

“Our awards ceremony allows us to bring together and celebrate a truly incredible and inspiring group of people.”

Diversity: The pair take on Lioness Beth Mead, who is nominated for her work promoting women in football

Diversity: The pair take on Lioness Beth Mead, who is nominated for her work promoting women in football

The European Diversity Awards will hold their 13th annual ceremony on November 11 at the InterContinental London Park Lane and will be hosted by BBC News presenter Jane Hill.

It was promoting diversity and inclusion since its launch in 2010 and recognizing the positive impact of marketing, campaigns, media diversity and social mobility representation across Europe.

Lead sponsor UnitedHealth Group joins the awards to celebrate leading champions of diversity and inclusion, recognizing accomplishments over the past year.

Gong: Jake Daniels - the first UK male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990, is also shortlisted

Gong: Jake Daniels – the first UK male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990, is also shortlisted

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