December 10, 2021 5:00 pm / 8:00 pm
The Pioneer Women in Extractives Awards (PWEA) – Africa Chapter are conceived to provide a global platform to showcase and appreciate the remarkable female talent in Africa’s extractives industry. These awards celebrate women who are known for their “firsts” in exploring new areas, have developed new ways of doing business in the industry and have made outstanding contributions to empowering and paving the way for other women to participate in the industry. The awards are set to provide the foundation for a platform for peer to peer mentorship for women within the Industry throughout Africa and globally. The COVID 19 pandemic has changed the manner in which we will forever do business globally. Africa hosts a majority of the world’s mineral resources. Through establishing a peer to peer mentorship platform the organizers of the awards aim to encourage and inspire partners and participants to embrace change as a means to advance active trade in their business. The landmark African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, which was operationalized in 2020, has the potential to create a continental free-trade zone with a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD$3.4 trillion, according to the African Union (AU). We aim to motivate more women across the continent to tap into these opportunities and deliver “The Africa We Want” vs “The Africa we have”.
In order to enhance the meaningful participation of women along the Extractives value chain, PWEA – 2021 Africa Chapter was conceptualized at the Association of Women in Extractives in Kenya and is being supported by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. This event is a Pan African platform created to share stories of triumph for women from across the continent and shared with the world. This year the event is hosted in Kenya and will rotate through the continent on a biannual basis. The concept is birthed on the foundation that using fundamental narrative therapy approaches a new story of success for women in the Extractives in Africa can be developed.
Women who will be recognized through the honorary awards will have demonstrated their commitment to creating the path for other women to follow in their notable past achievements. One of the main outcomes of this event is to showcase challenges that are unique to women in this industry and trigger a solution-focused approach to addressing gender inclusion within the continent.
Women from across Africa will be nominated virtually. Once the nominees are received they will then be subjected to a transparent voting process. Owing to the diverse nature of the various subsectors – mining, oil and gas – the categories are to be drawn to reflect these diverse components. The following are the proposed categories.
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Extractives Corporate
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Extractives Mentor
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Extractives Innovation
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Inclusion and Human Rights Defender
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Entrepreneur of the Year in Extractives
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Overall most notable contribution to the Oil and Gas
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Overall most notable contribution to the Gemstone
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Overall most notable contribution to the Industrial Mineral
- Pioneer Woman in Africa Overall most notable contribution to the Energy
All nominations will be treated in confidence and only vetted by the independent judging panel. For ease of nomination each candidate’s profile will include;
- The track record of the candidate within her current and previous organization/enterprise.
- Key achievements to
- High-quality photo of
- A 50-word biography for use in the awards programme should the candidate be
Terms & conditions of the nominations for both nominee and nominator will be highlighted on the AWEIK and Tenistore Ent. website alongside all strategic partners websites. Tenistore Ent will be the implementers of the event.
Key dates for the Award ceremony:
- 2nd August 2021, Nominations are
- 30th November 2021, Nominations are
- 3rd December 2021, Award Finalists are
- 10th December 2021, Winners announced at the virtual Awards Ceremony
The awards will be presented at a virtual and limited sitting event on the 10th of December in Nairobi from 5:00 pm. The theme will be ‘ASANTE: – An Appreciation for Africa’s Pioneer Women within the Extractives Industry’. The awards ceremony will feature an exclusive showcase of a documentary recorded courtesy of the Association of Women in Extractives in Kenya who is one of our strategic partners. This documentary is a compilation of success stories from the ground within Kenya that aims to change the negative narrative within the Extractives sector. It aims to show how women are benefiting and participating from the sector whilst marketing the countries robust Extractives Industry.
- Stakeholder companies.