16 March 17 2011 The second Tanzania Women of Achievement Awards organised annually by Frontline Porter Novelli, climaxed on a high note with a grand award presentation gala held on the International Women's Day on 8th March 2011, at the Mlimani City conference Hall in Dar es salaam. The Managing director of Frontline Porter Novelli, Irene Kiwia told the huge crowd of invited guests and nominees that they had received tremendous amount of support from the public, from women, members of the press and society. "This evening demonstrates that women are making a huge difference not just in our country where we see women advance in government, politics, professional roles and in society but all over the world women are proving that the world can be changed for the better. "One woman's success may not mean the world has changed but lauding it, cheering it, gives courage and inspiration to others", she told the packed hall. Women from across the country sent in numerous nominations vying for the categories in question which are: Arts and culture, health, professional, agriculture, education, business entrepreneur, young achiever, science and technology, social welfare, public sector, sports and information and communication. Kiwia said the comittee in place that went through the nominations included Mrs. Mary Rusimbi - Activist and Founder of TGNP, Dr. Ramadhani Dau - Director General NSSF, Joaquine De Mello - Commissioner for the Commission of Human Rights and Good Governance and Dr. Marcelina Chijoriga - Dean UDSM Business School. Other committe members were Innocent Mungy- Communication Director TCRA, Sadaka Gandi - Counselor Psychologist, Ayoub Rioba - Senior lecturer at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Irene Kiwia - Managing Director Frontline Porter Novelli The judging session started with two rounds of adjudication by the committee through the use of a judgment tool prepared for them by Deloitte, the Accountancy firm, who also audited the judges votes to come up with the 3 finalists per category and winners. Delloite were involved in this process to ensure that winners are obtained in a very objective manner. Sadaka Ghandi the Committee's chair explained what they were looking for when going through the application forms was women who have done great in their fields and gone a step further to use their achievement by giving something back to the society. She said having personal success is one thing but pairing it with giving back to the society is what makes a woman of achievement'. Ms. Gandi further said "all the 3 category finalists are celebrated, to be nominated for the finals means that your achievement and contribution is huge and is therefore recognized and celebrated, winning the category title simply means that your contribution to the society has touched and transformed lives'. The night of the awards gala was attended by numerous women supporters including nominees, sponsors, various members of the corporate society, delegates from various embassies and the UN, together with numerous women supporters and members of the press. The 2011 Winners in their different categories are: 1. Multichoice Arts and Culture Award- Olivia D. Lyamuya - Owner of Elshadai Art Group based in Mororgoro 2. Deloitte Health Award - Dr Maria Njelekela - Doctor/Lecturer at Muhimbili School of Health Sciences 3. Songas Science and Technology Award- Mary Mwanukuzi - Electrical Engineer 4. Home Shopping Centre Social Welfare Award -Khadija Mwanamboka -Fashion Designer/ Founder of Tanzania Mitindo House and Orphanage 5. DTP Education Award -Zainab Bilandeka - Teacher and Care giver at Matumaini Women and Care of HIV Orphaned Children, Kigoma 6. Public Sector Award - Margareth Chacha, Managing Director of Tanzania Women's Bank 7. RBP Agriculture Award - Asia Kapande- Founder of TAWLAE (Tanzania Association of Women Leaders in Agriculture and Environment) and TAHEA (Tanzania Home Economics Association) Lake zone coordinator. 8. TCRA Information and Communication Award - Ananilea Nkya - Activist/Managing Director of TAMWA (Tanzania Media Women Association) 9. Mlimani City Sports Award- Rahma Al Kharoosi - Promoter of Twiga Stars and owner of African Lyon FT 10. NBC Business Entrepreneur Award- Zainab Ansell- Owner of a Zara Tours,a successful tour operating company. 11. US Embassy Young Achiever Award- Modesta Mahiga - Owner of Professional Approach Limited and Motivational Speaker 12. Baileys Professional Woman Award- Mwamvita Makamba- Executive Director of Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Tanzania While the overall UNFPA Woman of the Year Award went to Dr. Mary Njelekela, Dr. Maria Kamm who is populary known as Mama Khamm, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for paving the way for women through education being a powerful educator, a woman activist, a business woman, a politician, a philanthropist and an inspiration to women across the land.