Awards hon­our women achiev­ers in var­i­ous fields

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - – Staff Reporter

THE an­nual Women: The Real Ar­chi­tects of So­ci­ety Awards (WRASA) – in its sev­enth year – is now open for nom­i­na­tions.

Founder and for­mer Miss SA Joan Ra­m­agoshi Madibeng says the awards will ex­pand their hori­zons and tackle dif­fi­cult and sen­si­tive is­sues re­lat­ing to the treat­ment of women in the coun­try.

“South Africa has one of the high­est in­ci­dences of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the world. Sadly, do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is the most com­mon and wide­spread hu­man rights abuse here.

“De­spite many suc­cesses in em­pow­er­ing women, nu­mer­ous is­sues still ex­ist in all ar­eas of life, rang­ing from the cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal to the eco­nomic,” says Madibeng.

She be­lieves gen­der equal­ity is cru­cial to sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, but says the in­ter­con­nec­tions be­tween en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and women em­pow­er­ment have often been over­looked in prac­tice.

The awards aim to recog­nise out­stand­ing achieve­ments by women in var­i­ous fields and to en­cour­age net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“The event has con­tin­ued to recog­nise and cel­e­brate South African women and has pro­vided a net­work­ing plat­form for women to con­nect and forge strate­gic part­ner­ships,” she ex­plains.

Re­cip­i­ents of last year’s awards in­clude Caster Se­menya, who was awarded the Sports Ex­cel­lence Award, and hip-hop artist Gigi La­mayne, who re­ceived the Youth Ex­cel­lence Award.

The awards are di­vided into

It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to net­work

three main cat­e­gories. The first is so­ci­ety and com­mu­nity, to hon­our women who have made ex­cep­tional, long-term con­tri­bu­tions to the well­be­ing of their com­mu­nity and women who ex­em­plify the spirit of en­trepreneur­ship.

The sec­ond award is arts, cul­ture and sport, to hon­our writ­ers who have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of lit­er­ary ex­cel­lence, and those who have con­trib­uted to the per­form­ing arts, as well as ath­letes who have ex­celled.

The busi­ness and ex­cel­lence award is for fe­male ed­u­ca­tors who have demon­strated com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion.

This year’s awards are on Au­gust 19.

FOR­MER MISS SA: Joan Ra­m­agoshi Madibeng

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