The Gambian Human Rights activist, Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan who is now the Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer Vice President’s office won the 2nd edition of New African Woman magazine’s Woman of the Year Award at the ceremony that took place in Dakar, Senegal on April 12, 2017.
This year’s edition was held at a glitzy Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi hotel in the Senegalese capital. The awards recognise, celebrate and honour African women who have made exceptional impact and change in their countries or communities in the last one year.
Nigeria’s Amina J. Mohammed, the new United Nations deputy secretary and former minister of environment in Nigeria, took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office.
Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume, a ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has performed over 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge won the award for Women in Health, Science and Technology.
Morocco’s serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch received the New African woman award in Business. Zimbabwean philanthropist and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation that has offered over 250,000 scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education.
Kenyan girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano got the New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a category which received the most nominations.
The New African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamoto, who annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, forcing the government to ban child marriages in the country all together.
Other winners were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts & 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.
The New African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura, the world football body’s Secretary General, the first African woman to hold the post.
The winners were selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories.