Zuri Awards is a platform under Zuri Foundation and was founded in 2017 to recognize, celebrate and support unsung exceptional women dedicated to creating positive change through work in their communities while inspiring others through exceptional displays of leadership; rising against all odds, and being courageous in the face of adversity, and it’s part of the International Women’s Day Celebrations. The IWD 2022 theme is #BreakTheBias.
IWD is a global day that takes place every 8th of March and has occurred for over a century. The objective is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity: Imagining a gender-equal, inclusive world, where difference is valued and celebrated. A world where we can collectively forge women’s equality, which starts from breaking the bias from within ourselves, in our communities, workplaces, schools, and campuses.
Zuri Awards objectives are in line with the 5th Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on Gender Equality. Zuri Awards celebrations take place annually, with this year’s 6 th Edition taking place on 4 TH March 2022 at the Movenpick Hotel in Westlands, Nairobi.
In the last 6 years, Zuri Awards has increased the number of awards from 4 to 15 categories, attracting 648 submissions, 125 Nominees, Honored 52 Women, 10 Trade Linkages and raised over Kshs. 20M for the nominees. Our impact has been possible through engagement with partners and sponsors like the Government, Developmental Partners, as well as Local and Multinational Brands.
Zuri Awards has been able to highlight the key successes of both nominees and honorees through a call for nomination, photography, digital storytelling, public exhibition of their work, and above-the-line highlight of stories in the media.