4 December 2012

Gambian Bags TIAW Award

Isatou Ceesay, the director of Njau Recycling and Women's Co-op, has recently been recognised as part of leaders of organisations that support women's economic empowerment and advancement in society and business.

Madam Ceesay made it to the list of 100 people being awarded at TIAW 2012 World of Difference 100 Awards dinner held on 18th November 2012, a part of the TIAW global forum, at the Canadian embassy in Washington DC.

TIAW is a growing organisation of women's network from a multitude of countries on six continents representing 35,000 women worldwide; individual members and executives, business women and professional women from both the developed and developing worlds. TIAWS connects leading women's organisations worldwide to leverage their reach and resources, creating a global community of economically empowered women.

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.

Speaking to the Daily Observer, Isatou Ceesay thanked her nominator, Gambia Women's Initiative (GWI) and TIAW for selecting her as one of the receivers of this year's awards. She observed that her recycling works was generally appreciated and value because of uniqueness which she did not even attach any significant until the exhibition day prior to the award.

According to her, there were only four people nominated from West Africa; which countries include: Togo, Senegal, Gambia and Ghana, and that among the hundred awardees there were only two men, one from America and Togo. She advised that women should be supported and given chance to prove themselves.

It was Ceesay's unique recycling works which inspired Carol Cunnuingham of Gambia Women's Initiative in USA to nominate her for this Award. According to Carol, this award has shown that her efforts have advanced to enhancing the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide; whether known or as unsung heroines.

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