History Of Women Of Achievement Awards

Tanzania Women Achievement Awards (TWAA) pays tribute to the most exceptional and achieving women in the country who have not only achieved success in their own respective fields but who have made a significant difference in their communities and society as a whole. All Tanzanians are considered for the Awards provided they are based within the geographical boundaries of the country.

The awards were launched in 2009 and take place bi-annually.

The Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to recognize and applaud women who are helping to reshape Tanzania for the better. The ceremony will take place on the International Women’s Day (March 2018) and is not only an inspirational occasion but also the best and most enjoyable networking events in the annual calendar. The schedule allows time to make new contacts as well as a chance to enjoy a series of presentations, which inspire, motivate and celebrate female success.

The award is followed by a mentorship program that engages young emerging women leaders from different regions across the country paired with women executives in business and politics as mentors for one month. The young mentees are empowered with needed tools to develop their leadership skills so as to help them instill a positive change in their communities.


  • The nominee’s achievements should be evident before the deadline and her most prominent work done in the 3 years preceding her nomination.
  • The nominee must have made a tangible difference in the category for which she has been nominated.
  • The nominee’s achievements and the changes she has brought about should have made a positive difference to the lives of the Tanzanian people.
  • The nominee’s work should have improved the social and economic situation of the community and Tanzania as a whole.
  • The nominee’s should be a capable leader and role model who influenced others to join in her efforts to make a difference.
  • The nominee must have been able to overcome obstacles and at the same time shown tenacity, creativity and drive.
  • The nominee should be driven by a desire to do something about the problems she encounters.
  • The nominee must be results-orientated.
  • The nominee must have a broader vision for the work she is doing, promote equality for women and campaign for a greater role for women in society.
  • The nominee must be able to inspire others and motivate them to join her in her particular endeavor the process.

Award Categories

Art and Culture

The nominee has developed or fostered one of the art forms and/or cultures in Tanzania. This could have been done through her own artistic or cultural creations, or her development of the work of others.


The nominee is an educator at primary, secondary or tertiary level, who has provided access to education (e.g. through libraries and schools) or who has enabled learners to benefit from a system or programme that she has developed and instituted.

Science & Technology

The nominee is a scientist, mathematician, practitioner, researcher, technician or any other worker in this field, whose research, invention or participation in a project or programme has made a significant contribution to the progress and/or welfare of our society and/or environment.

Young Achiever

The nominee is receiving an ovation for playing a remarkable role within her given field and achieving great results yet of a relatively young age. Below 30 years to be precise.

Business Entrepreneurs

The nominee has shown entrepreneurial skills by developing a viable, sustainable business or a group of enterprises that provides employment for others.


The nominee has contributed to the health of communities or special groups in Tanzania through the development of a programme or system, or through providing access to health care for communities.


The nominee is an internationally ranked sports woman, or someone who has played a key role in sports administration: either by bringing sport to disadvantaged communities, playing a key role in making sport representative and inclusive, or by developing a previously unknown sport in Tanzania.


The nominee through agriculture has impacted the society by either paving the way, providing means or setting an example on how this sector that is can prosper and foster the society.

Information and Communication

The nominee has raised public awareness on important issues through the media. As well as her use of the media to contribute towards a better Tanzanian society.

Social Welfare

The nominee has contributed to the betterment of society through the provision or development of basic facilities (water, sanitation, housing, electricity etc), or through initiating or developing a support structure or program that offers information, comfort and assistance and improves the lives of communities or special groups.

Public Sector

The nominee is a civil servant whose service in the given field has brought about remarkable and positive impact within her community and Tanzania in general.


The Awards committee

Mrs. Mary Rusimbi – Activist and Founder of Tanzania Gender Networking Program.
Dr. Ramadhani Dau – Director General National Social Security Fund.
Hon. Judge Joaquine De Mello – Commissioner for the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance.
Dr. Marcelina Chijoriga – Dean University of Dar-Es-Salaam Business School.
Innocent Mungy – Communication Director Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority.
Sadaka Gandi – Counselor Psychologist and Social Worker.
Lulu Ng’wanakilala – Executive Director at UMATI (The Family Planning Association of Tanzania)
Irene Kiwia  – Founder and Managing Director Frontline Porter Novelli..