Bob Hepple Equality Awards 2017

by | Sep 18, 2017

The Equal Rights Trust is delighted to invite you to the Bob Hepple Equality Award 2017 on Wednesday 4 October 2017. The Award recognises the outstanding contributions of proponents of equality, with a particular focus on those who promote the comprehensive approach to equality which drives our work at the Trust.  This year, our Selection Committee received many nominations of individuals who have made a unique contribution to promoting equality at their local or national level.

Celebrating Armenian Activist, Mamikon Hovsepyan

We are delighted to celebrate Mamikon Hovsepyan, champion of LGBT rights in Armenia and the wider region and Executive Director of PINK Armenia as our worthy winner. While fighting tirelessly to combat discrimination against LGBT individuals, Mamikon has also been actively involved in initiatives for tackling violence against women. He has consistently advocated for a holistic approach to non-discrimination, and is collaborating with members of Armenia’s Non-Discrimination and Equality Coalition to promote the adoption of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation in the country.

Since it was founded, PINK Armenia has been the subject of numerous threats and intimidation; in 2015, 37 NGOs detailed such instances in a joint letter to the President of Armenia and on two occasions safety concerns resulted in PINK Armenia relocating offices. When these challenges have arisen, PINK Armenia has stood tall, continuing to speak out for some of the most marginalised individuals in Armenian society.

Announcing our Keynote Speaker, Dr Evelyn Collins CBE

We are pleased to announce that we will be joined on the evening by Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, who will deliver a keynote speech. Dr Collins is an equality expert with over three decades of experience in successfully championing non-discrimination. She has led the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland as Chief Executive since March 2000, an organisation with a wide remit under Northern Ireland’s equality laws.

Dr Collins has also worked as a national expert on gender equality in the European Commission in Brussels and is currently Chair of the Board of Equinet, the European Network of Equality Bodies.


Event Order

We will host a drinks reception in advance of the Award ceremony. After the ceremony, drinks and dinner will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and meet the winner and speakers.

Bob Hepple Equality Award 2017
Ashurst LLP, Appold St, London EC2A 2HA
Wednesday 04 October 2017
Drinks Reception: 6.30 – 7.00
Award Ceremony: 7.00 – 8.00
Dinner: 8.00 – 9.30

Join Us

We hope you will be able to join us for this special occasion. Tickets are just £15 or £8 for students. Click here to purchase your ticket! Please contact for queries, if you experience any problems whilst booking or if you would prefer to purchase a ticket by cheque.

Event Sponsor

We are extremely grateful to our sponsor Ashurst LLP, host and supporter of the event.


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