ZIWA 2016 hopes to honour Zimbabwe’s top female achievers

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ZIMBABWEAN women across the globe are expected to be honoured at this year’s prestigious Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (ZIWA) ceremony to be held on Saturday the 29th of October in Leicester, UK.
The awards ceremony recognises and celebrates international Zimbabwean women of excellence.
ZIWA 2014 and 2015 were sold out events with nominees flying in from Zimbabwe and the US. Through sponsorship by GBIHub, a private awards ceremony was held in Harare in order to honour those winners based in Zimbabwe. 
The third instalment (2016) will run under the theme Celebrating # ZimWomanMagic. The 2016 theme makes reference to the notion that every woman embodies the personality of the ZIWA woman. 
“ZIWA2016 is a much anticipated event and promises to exceed last year’s expectations with a well-planned programme set for the evening,” a statement from the organisers said.
“ZIWA has transcended from being a mere awards ceremony to a platform where women can empower, celebrate and encourage each other. It’s a forum where women, and men, can share their stories, learn from each other’s experiences, and set an example for the next generation,” the statement added. 
ZIWA director Ms M’Tandari said: “Through the nomination process, where anyone from anywhere can put forward a woman of excellence for recognition, we are able to highlight unsung heroines from across the globe to widen our reach this year.
“Nominations were sent through via whatsapp (as well as online and by email), as we noted that this was currently the most popular way of communicating in Zimbabwe – and we really want to shine  a light on women in Zimbabwe.”
She added: “ Working with an independent panel of diverse and professional men and women who have their finger on the pulse on the Zimbabwean community at home and in the diaspora, we are able to really seek out and shortlist gems that wouldn’t be recognised elsewhere, because they don’t appear to fit the mould.
“It’s not an easy task though as the calibre of those nominated is usually off the scale! We feel that allowing the public to vote for the selected shortlist is a key part of what we are about – involving the community.” 
Organisers said tickets for the event can be purchased through the website

According to ZIWA, a second ceremony will be held in Zimbabwe at the GBI Hub for those winners based in Zimbabwe.
ZIWA was founded in 2013 to celebrate and recognise the unsung heroines in the Zimbabwean community.
It seeks to applaud women who have made a contribution to the community through entrepreneurship, education, social welfare, charitable and humanitarian works, entertainment and the arts.