Former Miss South African, now businesswoman, Joan Ramagoshi Madibeng, is delighted to announce the 7th Women: The Real Architects of Society gala dinner which will take place in Johannesburg on Saturday 19 August 2017.
Birthed in 2010, the gala dinner has continued to recognise and celebrate active South African women and has provided a networking platform for women to connect and forge strategic partnerships. Yet this year the organisation has decided to expand their horizons and tackle difficult and sensitive issues regarding the treatment of South African women in a safe, informative and supportive environment.
The 7th annual gala dinner aims to recognise outstanding achievements by women in numerous fields, the gala dinner will embrace conversations and networking opportunities. Founder and Director of Real Architects said. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world. Sadly, domestic violence is the most common and widespread human rights abuse in South Africa.Despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic. Gender equality is rightly seen as crucial to sustainable development, yet the interconnections between environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment have often been overlooked in practice.
Gender bias is still deeply embedded in cultures, economies, political and social institutions around the world. Women and girls face unacceptable levels of discrimination and abuse, which is not only wrong, but also prevents them from playing a full part in society and decision making. Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development for all of society, so the importance of women’s rights and gender equality should not be underestimated which are one of the issues that the 2017 gala dinner hopes to address.
In 2016 the gala dinner presented the inaugural Women: The Real Women of Architects Awards which honoured women from all walks of life in the following categories:
1) Society & Community Awards
These awards recognised women who have made exceptional, long-term contributions to the wellbeing of their community such as contributing to either children’s homes or rehabilitation centres. This category continued to honour woman who exemplify the spirit of entrepreneurship by creating new businesses and services that are successful and sustainable, local entrepreneurs will be recognised for their ingenuity, perseverance and positive impact on the community.
2) Art, Culture & Sport Awards
These awards honoured writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence within the community. Woman who have made a significant contribution to the performing arts in music, such as uplifting the community/youth, development projects and educational programs. This category continued to honour athletes (able bodied and/or disabled) that have represented the country in a sporting event and has excelled in their achievement.
3) Business and Excellence Awards
This award category recognises and honours female educators who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the teaching profession, with outstanding loyalty and devotion towards her learners. An educator with exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provides models of excellence for the profession, with engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.
Amongst the recipients of the 2016 awards, South African Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya was awarded the Sports Excellence Award alongside her, South African hip hop artist Gigi Lamane was regarded the Youth Excellence Award for her exceptional contributions to the South African hip hop genre hugely dominated by males.
About Women: The Real Architects of Society Awards
Women: The Real Architects of Society Awards (WRASA) exist to recognise accomplishments of South African women by celebrating those individuals who have excelled in the past year. The event which has been honouring women since 2011, is intricately woven into the spirit of African women and combines dialogue, networking, music, fashion and arts.