Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, the fearless Gambian human rights activist, and now Vice-President, instrumental for spurring the opposition that beat long-term now exiled Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has been named the Woman of the Year 2017 at the New African Woman magazine awards.
The awards recognize, celebrate and honour exceptional African women for their positively impacting and changing their communities in the past one year.
They were presented at a Gala Dinner at the Terrou-Bi Hotel in Dakar, Senegal one the eve of the New African Woman Forum on 13 April which was held under the theme “Changing the Game”.
Other winners include Amina J. Mohammed, New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. The new Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations has played key roles in the previous Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the current Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and how they both impact African women.
Dr.Helena Ndume of Namibia, a pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon who has performed more than 35, 000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge, took home the Award for Women in Health, Science and Technology.
The New African Woman in Civil Society Award winner Chief Theresa has annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played a vital role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in Malawi.
Of the 10 Kenyan women nominated for the awards, only Vivian Onano took home an award. The girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor was named the New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation), a category which received the most nominations.