In a bid to reward organizations and individuals building solutions to stimulate gender diversity in business across Africa, the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (GMA), an initiative of Business Engage, is calling for nominations.
The awards, designed to take place throughout Africa on 6 October 2022, have been active for nine years. The platform enables sharing stories, strategies and conversations for organizations to participate and share best practices in corporate gender mainstreaming.
This year’s 10th GMA ceremony follows the successful virtual ceremony held in 2021, which was watched by over 8000 attendees across the continent despite a raging pandemic.
“Even with the difficulties of holding awards ceremonies and rewarding excellence in gender mainstreaming, the Gender Mainstreaming Awards experience must never stop”, says Colleen Larsen, Chief Executive of Business Engage and President of the 30% Club East and Southern Africa.
Business Engage is calling for nominations from companies that have developed initiatives and are making strides to accelerate diversity with an emphasis on gender mainstreaming.
For company nominations there are various categories; these include Women on Boards Award, Equal Representation & Participation Award, Women Empowerment in the Workplace Award, Investing in Young Women Award and Mainstreaming Gender & Disability Award, to name a few.
There are also three individual categories, RMB Africa’s Fearless Thinker Award, the Inclusive Leader Award and the Positive Role Model Award.
“We have selected some of the most prominent business leaders who are an excellent representation of what the awards stand for to be judges in the different regions”, comments Larsen.
Accenture. the sponsors for the 2022 awards, are themselves making major contributions in their respective industries towards gender mainstreaming.
Ntombi Mangwani, Africa Director for Integrated Marketing and Communications, and Women’s Forum lead at Accenture says, “At Accenture, we are proud to be part of an organization that has for many years been a leader and champion of inclusion, diversity and gender equality in every form. As we have this as a business imperative, we would like to help other organisations to get to where we are, and also celebrate the leaders who have taken the important step of doing the right thing.”
How to apply
There is no cost to applying and all applications can be done on the Gender Mainstreaming Awards website.
Entries close on 28 June 2022 and the awards ceremony will take place virtually on October 6, 2022. Submit your nomination and be part of the virtual awards ceremony.