The 2020 Women in Rail Awards has become the latest victim of the Covid-19 epidemic as the charity has taken the decision to cancel the event for this year.
Originally planned to take place in May, the sold-out event was moved to 22 September at the same venue, London’s Camden Roundhouse. However, the ongoing Covid-19 Coronavirus situation means it may still be unsafe for guests to gather in a closed space.
The charity had been looking forward to celebrating and rewarding individuals, teams and companies who, in the last few months, have made a significant contribution to improving gender balance, diversity and inclusion within the UK rail industry. The Women in Rail Trustees feel that cancelling the event is the right decision, given that the health and safety of all the Awards guests, their families and colleagues remains a priority.
Despite the cancellation of the live event, Women in Rail still intends to announce and celebrate the shortlisted nominees and winners of the Women in Rail Awards 2020 on 22 September. Plans are currently being finalised and details will be announced in the next few days.
Women in Rail is also considering inviting the Women in Rail 2020 winners to come on stage at the Women in Rail Awards 2021 to receive a well-deserved round of applause.
Nominations for next year’s awards will open as usual in November 2020.
Adeline Ginn MBE, Women in Rail’s founder, commented: “Over the last three years, it has been truly inspirational to hear about the achievements and dedication of the nominees and to see their worthy contributions properly recognised.
“There is a real awareness at all levels across the rail industry that creating a gender balanced and diverse workforce, and implementing a culture of inclusion, is how our sector will grow and prosper and, in these difficult times, recover quicker from the pandemic.
“We are truly sorry that we have had to cancel the 2020 live event but are pleased that we will still be able to announce and showcase this year’s inspirational winners.”
Next year’s Women in Rail Awards will take place at the Camden Roundhouse on 20 May 2021.