Woman of Stature Awards South Africa 2023
Where women are recognized for their excellence and quality impact!

Recognition elevates Credibility and Inspiration, Woman of Stature believes that excellence and quality impact need to be formally recognized and in so doing, women are inspired to achieve and impact in a deeper, even more profound way. Woman of Stature strongly supports the concept of Mentorship and believes that the final category nominees, finalists and winners can play a pivotal role in mentoring and empowering another Woman of Stature within the organization and particularly within the Woman of Stature Foundation.

The annual awards is a key component of the Woman of Stature Community Impact Model and its social and developmental impact feeds back to the community.

How Honouring Excellence Feeds Back into the Community

The Woman of Stature Community Impact Model

How the Annual Awards supports our other projects

Each finalist is contesting to become a category winner, overall winner, and other awards. As a category winner the excellence of the winner will be honored at the awards in the form of a prestigious gala dinner. Category winners, fundraiser of the year and public recognition as well as overall winner will be honored at the awards in the form of a prestigious gala dinner.

Category winners will then need to actively mentor five professional women within their category for 6 to 10 months to improve their chances of professional success in the respective category. This is particularly important in industries, such as mining and engineering where women is underrepresented.

Nominee Journey to Category Winner

Nominees are pre-screened and approved when nominated. When their nomination is accepted, those who are successful are announced as finalists. Their journey then continues firstly through fundraising activities, getting the public to vote for them and recognize them, and lastly to participate in a rigorous adjudication process. All three activities contributes to the possibility to be awarded various different prestegious awards.

Fundraising
As one of the criteria to be a category winner, each nominee needs to show their ability to raise funds through the GivenGain platform and other approved platforms or events. All funds raised is to the benefit of the Foundation beneficiaries. Nominees and other fundraisers can also contest for the Fundraiser of the year award.
Public Recognition
Each finalist needs to show evidence of public recognition. To be nominated a nominee had to go through a reference check process, and then to qualify as a finalist. To receive the public Favorite Award, finalists need to show their ability to campaign for votes. The voting process is one of the fund raising initiatives of the Woman of Stature Foundation.
Adjudication
Each finalist has to participate in a formal adjudication process,  by a panel of experts in the respective categories. The panel of experts consists of three judges. Judging is based on a set of rigorous criteria, which includes fundraising, public recognition as well as their ability to mentor other women. This determines the Category Winner.

Category Winner Activities

Category winners have entered the contest on condition that they continue a specific engagement for one year after winning their category. A category winner's purpose is to pay-it-forward by being engaged in three main ways with the Foundation. Firstly, the category winner needs to mentor other women, secondly, be available as foundation ambassadors and lastly to benefit both the Foundation and their personal profile by developing their personal and professional brand through this engagement.

Mentor - Accelerate Her
Category winners will be responsible to mentor at least 5 women related to their category with the aim to accelerate the advancement of their professional careers within their industry and profession.
Foundation Ambassadors
Category winners act as ambassadors for the Woman of Stature Foundation. The importance of ambassadors are to assist in the development and advancement of women in the various industries.
Brand Development
Being a category winner is part of the personal and professional brand development of the winner in their respective field. This may include media exposure as well as speaking engagements to the benefit of both the Foundation and the individual.

Woman Rise Programme

The Woman Rise Programme consists of several projects. Three major ones will be showcased below. All funds raised are to the benefit of the Woman Rise Programme. The Foundation do not raise any funds specifically for any individual beneficiary, but always for the programme. Beneficiaries are carefully screened so as to improve the chances of a successful outcome that benefits the community at large.

Entrepreneur Assistance
Entrepreneurial activity contains risks and many emerging countries do not have safety nets for failing entrepreneurs. Failing women entrepreneurs could result in a unhealthy desperate situation especially if she is a single parent.  Based on certain criteria and availability of funds, the foundation regularly assists women entrepreneurs in desperate situations.
Emergency Assistance
Women often finds themselves in desperate situations after exiting financially abusive relationships or when economic events cause sudden loss of income. This will trigger the need for emergency assistance if family is not able to assist. Emergency assistance includes the issue of food vouchers and funding to resettle (as a last resort), transition or pivot their business.
Non-profit Assistance
Non-profit organizations whose purpose is to assist women may apply as a nominee to the awards. Their adjudication follows a strict criteria that also involves the scrutinisation of their business model and sustainability. The category winner stand a chance to win an undisclosed sum for funding purposes, provided that the Foundation's funds are in sufficient surplus.
Vote for your favourite now
You can now vote for your favorite nominee. Each vote is purchased and for every single vote that you purchase you stand the chance to win a prize (prize to be confirmed). The only condition is that you are attending the awards live either in person or virtually!
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