The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched its annual call for nominations for the 2016 International Women’s Day Recognition.
The IPC membership are being asked to nominate someone who they think embodies the spirit of the Paralympics and who inspires women within it by 21 February.
The nomination could also be for an organisation that has promoted or developed sport opportunities for women.
The winner will be announced on 8 March as part of the worldwide celebrations for International Women’s Day.
The shortlisting process and selection of the winner will be led by the IPC’s Women in Sport Committee, chaired by Tine Rindum Teilmann.
“This is the fourth year that we will present the International Women’s Day Recognition and in previous years we have seen some of the most inspirational people receive the honour,” Teilmann said.
“We hope that it helps to highlight the great work carried out every day within the Paralympic Movement by and for women, and raise awareness of the opportunities for women and girls within para-sport.
“I encourage all IPC members to look within their organisations for the unsung heroes who are helping to make a difference to participation and high performance sport. The Paralympic Movement should celebrate the achievements of strong women and those who contribute towards equality.”
Canada’s Chantal Peticlerc, a 14-time Paralympic gold medallist in wheelchair racing, was selected by the Women in Sport Committee as the winner of the 2015 recognition for her work in para-sport since retiring.
In 2014, International Women’s Day fell during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. Vice President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Rima Batalova was awarded with the Recognition for her role in developing para-sport.
The 2013 winner was Spain’s Sylvana Mestre, the then Chairperson of IPC Alpine Skiing’s Sport Technical Committee.
Thousands of events occur every year throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.