Leading Women in Africa Awards promote economic development of women – Dr Kenneth Kaunda

As we celebrate Women’s month in South Africa, the Leading Women of Africa (LWA) is proud to announce that first ever LWA-Champions Awards for men, will happen in the City of Durban-KwaZulu-Natal on 3 December 2015. The venue for this event supported by over 19 countries is the grand Durban City Hall.

LWA Champions Awards is a distinguished and prestigious annual awards ceremony in recognition of men who have played a significant role in unlocking the potential and the acknowledgement of women as equal partners in sustainable socio-economic development. Nominations for the prestigious awards come from across the Continent.

“The aim of LWA Champions Awards is to highlight the contribution of men in the empowerment of women and to honour them for their influential role in the socio-economic change in Africa through women empowerment. It acknowledges hard work and encourages a culture of excellence and good governance in all African societies,” says LWA founder and President Madeleine Mkunu.

The City of Durban was chosen for its ability to showcase some of Africa’s biggest events and also because of world-class tourism and cultural offerings. An independent selection committee comprising well respected leaders both women and men from across the Continent and in South Africa, are currently engaged in shifting through the various nominations received for this award.

Leading up to the Gala Event and Awards ceremony, LWA will also host the Leading Women’s Economic Summit and Exhibition 2015. The Leading Women’s Economic Summit 2015 is designed to create awareness and showcase the contribution that women are playing in planning and design of socio-economic development in Africa. During the Summit, women will be given a platform to showcase their innovative business as well as business and investment opportunities.

“We chose Durban as the venue to showcase a platform that will unite all Africans given the recent xenophobic outbreak in the City and Country. We want to provide the City and Province of KwaZulu-Natal a continental platform to recapture its sparkle and well known reputation as a leading investment and tourism destination in South Africa,” adds Mkhunu.

Headquartered in Cape Town – South Africa, Leading Women of Africa (LWA) was founded in 2008, as a Pan African Forum that continuously promotes efforts to position women’s economic empowerment at the focal point the 21st Century’s goals on sustainable development.

LWA Patron, the former first Zambian President Dr. Kenneth Kuanda says the event plays a significant role in promoting equality in all spheres across the African Continent. “This is an approach that will bring about the need to recognise that women play a very important role in all areas of human endeavors. The 21st century is the time for men to look at women as equal partner in political, social and economic development”, he adds.
The categories for these awards reflect on the leadership demonstrated by men from public and corporate sectors, as well as civil society and who have placed women at the centre of an inclusive and sustainable development agenda. These prestigious awards target institutions as well as individuals in Africa.

PUBLIC SECTOR CATEGORY a.   Most gender-focused Head of State/ Prime Minister Award
b.   Most gender-focused Premier/ Governor Award
CORPORATE SECTOR CATEGORY a.   Most gender- focused CEO Award
b.   Most gender-focused head of CSI Award
CIVIL SOCIETY CATEGORY a.   Women’s rights advocate (male individual) Award
b.   Humanitarian Excellence (male individual) Award
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CATEGORY a.   Most gender-focused entrepreneur Award
b.   Most influential African youth Award

The LWA Champions Award organizing committee comprising volunteers, who are passionate about economic gender empowerment, are hard at work to bring some of the leading voices on the Continent and abroad to attend this event. The speaking invitations have been issued to some of the key women leaders in the African Union, as well as those with links to gender decision making bodies in the United Nations and Commonwealth linked entities.

For further inquiries contact

Media Enquiries          

Project Manager

Faith Feni


+2721 683 2425

General Enquiries

LWA Media & Stakeholder Relations

Ms. Mary B. Papayya


+2782 379 4957

Website: www.leadingwomenofafrica.com

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