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Deadline for entries 25 June 2019

Application process

We invite your company to participate in our next Gender Mainstreaming Awards.  There are various categories to fit in with the level of diversity that your company is currently at. There are two individual categories.

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 on the Enrolment Form tab.  


Participation is open for companies that have started putting in place strategies for gender mainstreaming or that have achieved success in gender mainstreaming in South Africa and/or internationally.  We also encourage nominations for the two individual categories so we may recognise those that actively work towards gender mainstreaming and paving the way for new candidates to come through the ranks.


Steps involved in the application process:


Companies : Complete the application by 25 June 2019.  Either online or by downloading a copy of the entry form onto word and completing the document.  If entry forms are downloaded, please e-mail the completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For individual awards, please download the nomination forms on the Awards criteria page and e-mail the completed form to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 25 June 2019.


Applicants and nominees are shortlisted by the judges.(Refer to our awards criteria)


Shortlisted companies and individual nominees are interviewed by the judges on 1-5 July 2019, depending on which categories were entered. (See below for dates)


Notification of finalists for the Gender Mainstreaming Awards ceremony -  17 July 2019.

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).


Gender Mainstreaming Awards – 12 September 2019.


Judging Dates

2 July

Investing in Young Women


Women Empowerment in the Community


Inclusive Leader Award


 3 July

Women Empowerment in the Workplace


Equal Representation and Participation

Private Sector and Government Departments


Women and Disability



 4 July

Women Empowerment in the Workplace

Private Sector and Government Departments

Positive Role Model Award

Economic Empowerment


5 July

Women on Boards


Women in Multinationals


Mainstreaming Human Rights - Government Departments


Gender Reporting by JSE Listed-Companies


We reserve the right to
  • increase the number of days for judging and
  • increase the categories and allocate additional judges
  • merge 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.