10 July 2012

Gambian Woman to Receive TIAW Award

In recognition of extraordinary women and men around the world that have contributed to the economic empowerment of women, The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) in America has selected Isatou Ceesay, director of Njau Recycling and Women's Co-op, as one of the recipients of this year's TIAW 2012 World of Difference 100 Awards.

The TIAW 2012 World of Difference 100 Awards recipients will be recognized at World of Difference Awards Dinner to be held October 2012, as part of the TIAW Global Forum at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. Each year, TIAW does receive many excellent nominations from every continent about leaders of communities, organisations, corporations, regions or countries who have taken action to support women's economic empowerment and advancement in society and business.

TIAW was inspired and humbled by the stories of people like Isatou Ceesay who was nominated by Carol Cunnuingham of Gambia Women's Initiative in USA. TIAW is a growing organization of women's network from a multitude of countries on six continents representing 35,000 women worldwide; individual members are executives, business women, and professional women from both the developed and developing worlds. TIAWS connects leading women organisations worldwide to leverage theirresources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

In her message to Isatou Ceesay, Carol Cunnuingham, the president of Gambia Women's Initiative (GWI), USA, expressed delight and said GWI is most honoured as Isatou will receive this award for all the works she has done to help women in The Gambia. According to her, her selection was due to the fact that her efforts have advanced to the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide.

For her part, Isatou Ceesay thanked TIAW for selecting her as one of this year's TIAW 2012 World of Difference 100 Awards winner. "As well my profound gratitude went to Gambia Women's Initiative especially the founder, Carol Cunnuingham, for her nomination for the award and support to the Gambia women in regards of different projects she has brought to the country," she stated.

According to her, her experience in economic empowerment of women started in her early 20s, when she and an unsung heroin worked with the Women's Bureau as a National Women councillor. Ceesay said the experience she gathered at the Bureau as a young lady then made her strive hard to work in all other organisations she has worked in before she became self-employed.

The Gambian TIAW award winner further informed that she isspecialised in recycling plastic bag products and training of women on craft works that will meet up to the standard of the demand of western tourists visiting The Gambia. She explained that in the past before the set up of Njau Recycling in 1997 she had worked as a volunteer with Peace Corp where she received a lot of support.

After seven years of volunteering she was hired for a year as language and culture helper and later as an assistant Environment technical trainee. Ceesay said she later joined Future in Our Hand as assistant Field Supervisor for the Women Empowerment Unit but later in 2009 she became self-employed .

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