DAKAR, Senegal (Xinhua) --
The fearless Gambian human rights activist won New African Woman magazine’s
Woman of the Year Award at the their Award ceremony that took place in Dakar
Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in galvanising the opposition that eventually
beat long-term now exiled leader Yahya Jammeh.
Held at a
glitzy Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital Dakar on 12
April and the Awards, now in their second edition, recognise, celebrate and
honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their
countries or communities in the past 12 months.
Amina J. Mohammed – the new United Nations Deputy Secretary - took home the New
African Woman in Politics and Public Office.
Prior to her
new post, she served as Minister of Environment.
But she has
played key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and
the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa –
more so its women.
been selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across
The Award for
Women in Health, Science and Technology went to Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume – a
pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has to date, performed over
35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge.
serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, take home the New African woman
Award in Business.
philanthropists and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman
Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit
organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable
children to give them a better chance in education.
children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation.
much-talked about New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a
category which received the most nominations - went to the Kenyan girls rights
activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano.
African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, who
annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played
an important role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in the
country all together.
were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts and Culture) for
her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion; Mali’s Binta
Touré Ndoye (New African Woman – in Finance); Amira Yahyaoui of Tunisia (New
African Woman in Media) and the former African Union Commissioner Agriculture
and Rural Development Tumusiime Rhoda Peace from Uganda, is the New African
Woman in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding
value chain to African goods while she was at the AU.
African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura - the world football
body’s Secretary General – a position she was appointed to in 2016, becoming the
first African woman to hold the post.
African Woman Awards is followed by a Forum on 13 April, under the theme
Changing The Game.
by APO on behalf of IC Publications.