Call for nominations for 4th Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network Awards: celebrating women of excellence around the globe. Winners to be announced at a special event during Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda

Nominations are now open for the 4th Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network Awards which will be announced at a special event during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) week in Kigali, Rwanda this June.

In line with this year’s theme of Delivering a Common Future: Transforming for Gender Equality, the Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements and contributions of women in business who advance gender equality in their business across the Commonwealth. 

More specifically, the Awards recognise women who, through their actions, have become role models especially for girls in school, women in higher education and in the early stage of their careers.  She is an extraordinary woman who leads by example and makes an impact in her community.

“The Commonwealth’s billion plus women need to be celebrated and women’s economic empowerment and achievements prioritised, pushed and praised,” shares CBWN Chair, Freda Miriklis. “The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to those most deserving for their hard work in spite of the many obstacles and challenges they have overcome to attain professional success and wider impact.”

The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network Awards covers a range of categories with the following now open for nominations:

Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (powered by EQUALS Global Partnership and with the Global Entrepreneurship Network)
Nominees should be over the age of 30 and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision; and made significant contributions in advancing women in their sector, in spite of challenges, to make significant positive change.  

Commonwealth Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (powered by EQUALS Global Partnership and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council)
Nominees should be emerging female entrepreneurs 16 – 30 years of age who exemplify innovation and displays great potential for future growth.

Commonwealth Young Girl Entrepreneur of the Year (powered by Technovation and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Council)
Nominees should be girls under the age of 16, bright stars that have created opportunities to start and operate a successful business or project and who have made a positive impact within their community.  

Nominations for the 2022 4th CBWN Awards close on 8th of June 2022.  Entries will be judged by an advisory panel made up of senior people from CBWN and partners.  Winners will be announced and celebrated at a special event during CHOGM in Kigali.

Winning a CBWN Award will allow the entrant multi-channel access to building their brand across the CBWN network and raise their profile to attract investors and key industry stakeholders.   

CBWN is a platform to upskill, empower and uplift women and to enable and encourage trade for women in business across the 54 countries of the Commonwealth and harnessing the potential and power of women in order to drive economic growth.

To nominate yourself or an inspirational woman in business, visit

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