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Awards Application Process

We invite you to nominate an individual/s for the individual categories or for your company to participate in our next Gender Mainstreaming Awards. 

There are two individual categories.  We encourage nominations for the two individual categories so we may recognise those that actively work towards gender mainstreaming and are paving the way for new candidates to come through the ranks.  

For company awards, there are various categories to fit in with the level of diversity that your company is currently at. As gender diversity is still fairly new worldwide we understand that many companies are just starting on their journey. Do not be put off by this. You are encouraged to use the awards as a springboard to further achievements. 

There is no cost to submitting an application. All applications are done online from the below links.

Steps involved in the application process:

Step 1

Companies deadline: Complete the application by 31 May 2021

Entries extended to 15 June 2021.

Nominate an Individual

Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating an individual person for a individual Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

Individual Excellence

Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating an individual person for a individual Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

Nominate a Company

Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating a company for a Gender Mainstreaming Awards category.

Company Excellence

Celebrate Gender Mainstreaming by nominating a Company for Mainstreaming excellence.

Step 2

Applicants and nominees are shortlisted by the judges to the top 5 in each category per region. 1 June - 22 June 2021
(Refer to our awards criteria)

Step 3

Shortlisted companies are interviewed by the judges. 29 June 2021 - 30 July 2021

20/21 July

- Women Empowerment in the Workplace

22/23 July

- Women Empowerment in the Community

6/7 July

- Equal Representation and Participation

8/9 July

- Investing in Young Women

13/14 July

- Economic Empowerment

15/16 July

- Women on Boards
- Women in Multinationals
- Gender reporting by JSE-Listed Companies

27/28 July

Inclusive Leader

29/30 July

Positive Role Model

Step 4

Notification of finalists for the Gender Mainstreaming Awards ceremony - 2 August 2021.

Finalists submit hi-res company logo and/or hi-res photos. Finalists agree to use of logos and photos for marketing purposes (specifications to be provided).

Step 5

2021 Gender Mainstreaming Awards – 9 September 2021.

Terms and conditions

We reserve the right to:

  • increase the number of days for judging and
  • increase the categories and allocate additional judges,
  • merge and/or split the categories where appropriate, depending on the number of shortlisted companies.


It is a condition of entry that the finalists attend the Awards event Gender Mainstreaming Champion attends the following event as Ambassadors and hands over the Gender Mainstreaming Trophy to the next winner as per the precedent set by the previous winners. 

Business Engage will meet with the Gender Mainstreaming Champion to discuss process.