Amina J. Mohammed, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Bozoma Saint John and others are on WeForGood’s 2021 ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ List
WeForGood is glad to announce the results of its 2021 ‘100 Women Creating a Better Africa’ campaign, an initiative aimed at putting the spotlight on women making a difference across the continent. This year’s edition of the campaign was launched on the 9th of March 2021 with a call for nominations to the public in commemoration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated annually on the 8th of March.
The past year has been particularly burdensome for women. According to the United Nations, Women stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers and as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. The crisis has highlighted both the centrality of women’s contributions and the disproportionate burdens that they carry requiring us all to celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. For this year, WeForGood has also deemed it a time to applaud the acts of courage and determination of all women specifically those whose work has helped to alleviate the effects of Covid-19 on the continent in one form or the other.
The Chief Executive Officer of WeForGood International, Temitayo Ade-Peters, expressed her excitement over the results. Speaking about the initiative, she stated that the campaign is WeForGood’s way to celebrate, honour and also showcase women making impact across various communities in Africa. “We are pleased with the makeup of the final list. We believe it will greatly inspire other women as it presents an incredible picture of women from different walks of life and at different stages of influence but with a common commitment to make Africa better for us and for the next generation. Though 100 in number, each face on the picture collage represents thousands of women who continue to push the boundaries in their various fields to create a better Africa.” she stated.
Also commenting on the nominations Ade-Peters said, “We appreciate the fact that these are people’s choices from their various communities; we called for nominations and here are the results. It’s a great learning point that people are taking note of the effort women put into making their communities better and we’re glad to be providing such a credible platform for them to be celebrated.”
Nominees are from over 20 nationalities, which remains impressive for this edition. It is also important to note that, just as with the previous campaign, quite a number of men participated in this campaign with 42% male nominations.
The 2021 IWD campaign theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’ with the core message that a challenged world is an alert world, encouraging all to individually take responsibility for their own thoughts and actions.
As the name implies, the ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ is a list of 100 women making a difference on the continent. As part of the criteria for selection, each woman on the list is contributing her quota to the achievement of one or more of the 17 UN SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) in Africa. With this initiative, WeForGood hopes to accelerate the attainment of the SDGs, while inspiring more women to push beyond the boundaries and make their mark on the continent.
You can find the full list and read more about the ‘100 Women Creating A Better Africa’ campaign on www.weforgood.org.
The full list is here.
About WeForGood International
WeForGood International is a sustainable development firm focused on communications, training and programmes that target the fulfillment of the SDGs, with the overall mission to raise a new crop of African leaders to champion its sustainable development.
We support organisations in their journey towards purpose and profit, from strategy to execution. Our training and coaching arm focuses on helping young people and professionals gain the right leadership skills to create sustainable value in competitive landscapes.
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