Women’s Affairs minister, Nyasha Chikwinya has said African women are not being celebrated enough for the immense contribution that they are making to the growth and development of the continent.
by Staff Reporter
Speaking at the recently-held African Women Awards (AWA), Chikwinya urged women to claim their space and celebrate the success of their sisters.
“As women we should aim to occupy our rightful space and encourage one another to achieve more,” she said.
Chikwinya was confident that awards such as AWA were instrumental in highlighting the incredible work being done by women
A number of Zimbabwean women were nominated and these included politicians, religious leaders, philanthropists and business people.
Among the award-winners were Econet Zimbabwe head of business and marketing development, Natalie Jabangwe-Morris, who won the Industry Excellence Award.
Vault Cosmetics founder, Jackie Mgido took away the Dynamic Start-up Business Award, while the Entertainment and Arts Creative Visionary Award went to Danielle Allen, a fashion designer for Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
The Media Excellence Award went to Farai Gundani, who is the co-founder of Farai Media, 2015 Young Global Leader — WEF, speaker, host and Forbes contributor.
The AWA is a prestigious award ceremony that aims to create a fresh brand of female African role models that will educate and inspire Africans across the globe.
The awards are a project of the African Women Association founded by Carol Nyazika and Lisa Chiriseri in 2013 and launched in December 2014. The two highlighted that there is need to appreciate and promote the African women on a global platform.
The awards achieve their goal by recognising, celebrating and documenting the stories of these powerful and inspirational women in a modern and relevant way.
AWA’s goal is to educate the world that Africa has a different story from the usual negative brand image associated with the continent.
The selection involved the public who submitted nominations via several platforms provided, including online website, and social media platforms, universities, through heads of students’ unions, national youth councils, — Zimbabwe Youth Council included — through embassy nominations and other influential women’s organisations who partnered AWA in this initiative.
After the submission deadline, the qualifying names were selected then given to a panel. After careful debate and discussion with regards to the names submitted by the panel, an official nominees’ short list was published