Breakthrough is proud to be supporting the recipients of the inaugural Tenacious Awards
The Tenacious Awards were founded in 2023 to support campaigners with true tenacity, working to right injustice. The six winners of the inaugural Tenacious Awards have been provided with £20,000 of unrestricted funding.
Breakthrough are proud to be providing the six Tenacious campaigners with mentoring support to help them achieve their campaign goals.
Introducing the Tenacious Award winners
Diarmaid McDonald – Just Treatment
Diarmaid McDonald has been working to win health justice and equitable access to medicines for over 20 years. His Tenacious Award is supporting Just Treatment, a patient-led campaign group he set up in 2017 to help NHS patients whose lives are being put at risk by the profit-driven behaviour of big pharma.
Huda Jawad – Three Hijabis
Huda Jawad is a feminist leader and award winning anti-racist campaigner based in London. Huda’s Tenacious Award is supporting The Three Hijabis, which she co-founded in 2021 with Shaista Aziz and Amna Abdullatif to tackle racism and misogyny in football and sport.
Kwajo Tweneboa is a campaigner and content creator from London, who campaigns against poor social housing conditions. His Tenacious Award is supporting his work shining a light on the conditions housing providers and governments have kept hidden, helping make meaningful change one home at a time.
The Tenacious Awards aims to celebrate the art of campaigning and recognise its contribution to the public good.”
Mya-Rose Craig – Black2Nature
Mya-Rose Craig (AKA Birdgirl) is a British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist, climate change and anti-racism activist. Mya-Rose’s Tenacious Award is supporting Black2Nature, a Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led charity. Black2Nature campaign for equal access to nature for all but concentrate on VME communities who are currently excluded from the countryside.
Tori Tsui – Latin American Youth Climate Scholarship
Tori Tsui is a UK based climate justice activist, speaker and consultant from Hong Kong. Her Tenacious Award is supporting the Latin American Youth Climate Scholarship, helping 13 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) grassroots climate activists from all over Latin America to actively take part in the UN Climate Conference COP28 in Dubai.
Zelda Perkins – Can’t Buy My Silence
Zelda Perkins has been campaigning against the misuse of non-disclosure agreements since 2017 when she broke an NDA, signed decades earlier, with Harvey Weinstein. Zelda’s Tenacious Award is supporting Can’t Buy My Silence, a global campaign she co-founded in September 2021 with Professor Julie MacFarlane to change legislation and regulation around the misuse of non-disclosure agreements.
Find out more about the Tenacious Awards and the Tenacious Awards winners at: https://www.tenaciousawards.org/
Campaigns we are currently supporting through our programmes cover a wide range of issues from discrimination and harassment in the workplace, social housing, workers rights in the gig economy, and supporting young people during challenging times.