Tanzania: New African Woman Forum to honour women achievers in London

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African women who have made significant achievements in their countries and communities will be honoured at a gala dinner on 10 March in London, two days after the International Women’s Day (IWD), organizers of the event, New African Woman magazine, have announced.

The occasion will mark the first edition of the New African Woman Forum (NAWF) Awards to be given across 11 categories: Business; Politics and Public Office; Education; Science, Technology and Innovation; Finance and Banking; Media; Sport; Arts and Culture; Civil Society; Rising Star; and New African Woman of the Year.

Over 60 remarkable women who have made significant contributions in their respective fields have been shortlisted for the awards, but the winners, as voted by New African Woman magazine’s readers, will be announced during the Awards ceremony on Thursday.

This year’s IWD is under the theme: “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”

Leila Ben Hassen, chair of the NAWF judging panel, said that the global theme for IWD is a call to action for parity to close the gender gap, which is squarely aligned with the NAW Forum theme, designed to celebrate women’s leadership and excellence on the continent.

“The New African Woman Forum brings together over 150 leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sector. It will also offer a unique platform to meet, network and share the success stories, experiences and challenges of the African Women who are changing the game on the continent,” she said. “My co-judges and I look forward to discovering more about these incredible women of Africa and selecting this year’s winners.”

The judging panel comprises Leila Ben Hassen, General Manager, IC Publications; Gina Jane Jere, Editor, New African Woman; Onike Nicol-Houra, Principal Business Development Officer at African Development Bank; Amadou Mahtar Ba, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman AllAfrica Global Media and Member of UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; and Dr Nkosana Moyo, Executive Chairman for the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS).

New African Woman said it was launching the first edition of the New African Woman Forum to provide a unique platform to discuss key issues that were hindering the growth of the continent.

The aim is to find innovative solutions and strategies to enable a sustainable transformative growth in Africa.

The Forum will bring together leaders from business, academia and civil society, as well as key decision makers from the public and private sector.

Themes will be centred on the reality of African society, while taking advantage of the perspectives of the New African Women that have not yet been highlighted or valued in the current analysis or strategic process.

Through interactive discussions and expert insights, participants will learn about success stories and lessons learned as well as develop tools and steps to push the African Union’s 2063 agenda into reality.  
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04 march 2016 09:47:48

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