The first annual Gender Equality Changemakers Awards took place on the 29th of September 2022 and what a great success the awards were!
This first iteration of the GEC Programme consisted of recognition of the ground-breaking work our finalists were doing to catalyse change within their different organizations.
The criteria for the 2022 awards were as follows:
- Comprehensive, well-written, and thought-through gender action plan.
- Successful implementation of a gender action plan.
- Showed initiative, insight, and creativity in honouring the ethos of the GEC Programme.
The winner walked away with a limited-duration mentorship opportunity that will include one-on-one meetings with the mentor for 3 months and much more.
We would like to congratulate Pamela Bella Nyamutoka Katooro who is the winner of our first Gender Equality Changemakers Awards. Pamela is the Vice Chairperson and Director of Gender at the Digital Frontiers Association (DFA)-Uganda and also leads Gender Strategy design and implementation. She is also the Gender COP Facilitator for Uganda and Rwanda for the DFI (Digital Frontiers Institute) Gender Equality Changemakers Programme. Pamela was the first female Ugandan Certified Digital Finance Practitioner (Tufts University and Digital Frontiers Institute SA) and is extremely passionate about gender equity. As a result of this passion she has initiated and implemented several Regional and country-based gender-inclusive financial inclusion programmes through public and private partnerships.
Her Final Capstone Project is centred around how proper gender audits need to be conducted. A gender-responsive HR policy needs to be developed, as well as increasing the gender balance in procurement.
The early success of this project saw Pamela getting 57 participants to enrol in the GEC Programme. The HR manager becoming a gender champion and HR policies also have been reviewed. Furthermore, incentives such as relocation and babysitting subsidies were granted in order to encourage female agents to join the field.
Congratulations to Pamela and our other finalists for their dedication and for making incredible strides within their industries.
We would also like to shine a light on the amazing work our sponsors, collaborators and speakers put into making this event a success. There is no sustainable change without community, and we are grateful for the assistance from Snigdha Ali- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Professor Deevia Bhana University of KwaZulu-natal, Tolulope Babajide- FSD Network, Franz Wong Advisory Board member and our Subject matter experts from the CSA&G University of Pretoria.
You can watch the full awards ceremony here.
If you would also like to ignite real change and transform your organisation toward gender equality in the workplace and marketplace, then you should join a global network of gender equality champions and changemakers by following this link.