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Awards Application Process

We invite your company to participate in our next Gender Mainstreaming Awards.  There are various categories to fit in with the level of diversity that your company is currently at. There are two individual categories.

As gender diversity is still fairly new worldwide we understand that many companies are just starting on their journey. Do not be put off by this. You are encouraged to use the awards as a springboard to further achievements. There is no cost to submitting an application. All applications are done online form the below links.

Participation is open for companies that have started putting in place strategies for gender mainstreaming or that have achieved success in gender mainstreaming in South Africa and/or internationally.  We also encourage nominations for the two individual categories so we may recognise those that actively work towards gender mainstreaming and paving the way for new candidates to come through the ranks.

Steps involved in the application process:

Step 1

  • Companies deadline: Complete the application by 29 June 2020.
  • Individuals deadline: Complete the applications by 29 February 2020.
  • Nominate an Individual

    Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating an individual person for a individual Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

    Individual Excellence

    Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating an individual person for a individual Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

    Nominate a Company

    Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating a company for a Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

    Company Excellence

    Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating a Company for Mainstreaming excellence.

    Step 2

    Applicants and nominees are shortlisted by the judges. (Refer to our awards criteria)

    Step 3

    Individual: Shortlisted individual nominees are interviewed by the judges on 9 - 13 March 2020, depending on which categories were entered.
    Regional award dates
    Cape Town: 7 April (07h30 - 10h30)
    Gauteng: 16 April (08h30 - 11h30)
    Durban: 21 April (07h30 - 10h30)
    The above winners will go forward to be judged on - 6 July - Inclusive Leader; 8 July Positive Role Model

    Companies: Shortlisted companies are judged on 6 - 10 July 2020.
    (See below for dates)

    6 July

    - Investing in Young Women
    - Women Empowerment in the Community
    - Inclusive Leader Award

    7 July

    - Women Empowerment in the Workplace
    - Equal Representation and Participation
    - Private Sector and Government Departments
    - Women and Disability

    8 July

    - Women Empowerment in the Workplace
    - Private Sector and Government Departments
    - Positive Role Model Award
    - Economic Empowerment

    9 July

    - Women on Boards
    - Women in Multinationals
    - Mainstreaming Human Rights - Government Departments
    - Gender Reporting by JSE Listed-Companies

    Step 4

    Notification of finalists for the Gender Mainstreaming Awards ceremony.
    Individuals - 19 March 2020 | Companies - 15 July 2020.

    Finalists submit hi-res company logo and/or hi-res photos.Finalists agree to use of logos and photos for marketing purposes (specifications to be provided).

    Step 5

    2020 Gender Mainstreaming Awards – 3 September 2020.

    Terms and conditions

    We reserve the right to:

    • increase the number of days for judging and
    • increase the categories and allocate additional judges,
    • merge categories where appropriate, depending on the number of shortlisted companies.

    It is a condition of entry that the finalists attend the Awards event Gender Mainstreaming Champion attends the following event as Ambassadors and hands over the Gender Mainstreaming Trophy to the next winner as per the precedent set by the previous winners.

    Business Engage will meet with the Gender Mainstreaming Champion to discuss process.