DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 8, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tanzania Women of Achievement has today launched the 2013 Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards (TWAA) scheduled to take place on this year’s international women’s day 8th of March 2013.
These bi-annual awards were first launched in 2009 to honor women in different sectors across the country who through their work have contributed significantly to the development of their communities in one way or the other.
“TWAA seeks to recognize women, currently working in the geographical boundaries of Tanzania, paying tribute to the most exceptional and achieving women in the country who have not only achieved success in their own respective fields but who through their work and initiatives have made a significant difference in their communities and society as a whole.” Said Tanzania Women of Achievement President Irene Kiwia. “The Awards now on its 3 season provide a wonderful opportunity to recognize and applaud women who are helping to reshape Tanzania for the better. For many of the women this will be the first time that their achievement has received public accolade, and that is very rewarding.”
The Categories for this year’s awards are Arts and Culture, Business Entrepreneur, Information and Communication, Sports, Professional, Education, Health, Social Welfare, Science and Technology, Public Sector, Young Achiever, Agriculture, Lifetime Achievement and the overall Woman of the Year.
Mrs. Sadaka Gandi, the TWAA Committee Chair urged that “We encourage organizations, associations, women and men across Tanzania to nominate women achievers in these categories and play a role in women empowerment. There are thousands of deserving women out there who are agents of change in their communities. We want to sing the praises of these unsung heroes and inspire millions of other Tanzanian women to take charge and make a change. We received a lot of nominations in the past previous awards but expect much more this time.”
The TWAA committee comprises of Mrs. Mary Rusimbi – Activist and Founder of Tanzania Gender Networking Program, Judge Joaquine De Mello – Commissioner for the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance, Dr. Marcelina Chijoriga –Former Dean University of Dar es Salaam Business School, Mrs Ludovicka Tarimo – Gender Specialist at USAID, Innocent Mungy- Communication Director Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority, Sadaka Gandi – Counselor Psychologist and Social worker, Irene Kiwia – Founder and Managing Director Frontline Porter Novelli.
Past supporters include Baileys, Delloite, NBC, Home Shopping Center, TCRA, Songas, The American People, DTP, UN Development Partners Gender Group, UNFPA, UNESCO, UN Women, TBL, Multichoice, Africa Life Assurance, Barrick, Twiga Cement, Vodacom, Farm Equip Company RBP, Clouds FM and Frontline Porter Novelli.
ABOUT TANZANIA WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (TWA)
TWA is a non-governmental, voluntary and independent women empowerment umbrella established in 2009. The main goal of TWA is to consolidate women’s roles and capabilities in the Tanzanian community through enhancing their social, political, economic and cultural participation. TWA conducts awareness campaigns, trainings, seminars, conferences and workshops that foster an exchange of information and mentorship to Tanzanian women and young girls.
Women’s and human rights, gender equity, economic engagement and socio-political participation are promoted.
Our mission is to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help women across Tanzania flourish across who will in turn help societies and the country flourish. We work with innovative leaders, individuals, communities, NGO’s, the government, private sector and outside donors to build effective institutions and advance path breaking transformations. We are committed to Tanzania’s continued development till every woman becomes the change.