WOZA 2020 Awards

WOZA Women in Law Awards is the first awards program recognising and celebrating the outstanding accomplishments and achievements of women in Law. This year Women from SOUTH AFRICA & THE AFRICAN CONTINENT are invited to participate in the prestigious awards echoing the WOZA motto: 

  “TO NOMINATE IS TO CELEBRATE”.

We invite:

  • Women lawyers in law firms
  • Law firms
  • The private sector – employing women lawyers or women lawyer directors of a business
  • The NGO sector
  • Academia
  • Government & State-Owned Enterprises
  • Final year students & candidate legal practitioners,

to nominate candidates in the following categories: 

NOMINATION CATEGORIES 2020

A.THE AFRICAN LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR 

An international law firm with a foothold in Africa, who has made significant strides in the Development of women in law, whether it is in its women staff development and or Corporate SocialResponsibility in women led businesses and or training and development programs. 

B. LAW FIRMS:

SIX WOZA awards presented to Law firms in recognition of its leadership in fostering an inclusive environment for women lawyers:

AFRICA

A WOMAN ONLY law firm of the year (0 to 5years in practise) 

A Law Firm who has 5 women lawyers or less

A Law Firm who has 6 women lawyers or more 

SOUTH AFRICA

A WOMAN ONLY law firm of the year (0 to 5years in practise) 

A Law Firm who has 5 women lawyers or less

A Law Firm who has 6 women lawyers or more 

C. INDIVIDUALS

Most of the categories below are areas of practise dominated by male lawyers. Nominations of candidates and identifying women in law in these various categories, teases out those women who have penetrated the walls of domination.

WOZA awards are presented to an individual woman who displays outstanding performancein one or more of the categories below: (Maximum of two nominations maybe submitted under the Individuals category. Access www.woza.today for the nomination process and criteria).

1.    Best Alternative Dispute Resolution woman lawyer  

2.    Best Labour woman lawyer  

3.    Best Family law woman lawyer 

4.    Best Mergers & Acquisitions woman lawyer

5.    Best Lawyer in Finance / Debt relief and Restructuring woman lawyer

6.    Best Energy, Mining and Resources woman lawyer

7.    Best in Marine & Environmental woman lawyer 

8.    Best Corporate woman lawyer 

9.    Best Corporate Non Practising woman lawyer

10.  Best Artificial Intelligence, Information and Communication & Technology woman lawyer.

11.  Best woman lawyer in Land Rights

12.  Best Human Rights Activist / Social Justice Activist / Pro Bono woman lawyer 

13.  Best Leadership and Mentorship woman lawyer 

14.  Best woman lawyer, Thought Leader, Innovation & Academia 

15.  Best woman lawyer in Criminal Justice 

16.  Best woman lawyer in Property and Construction

17.  Best woman lawyer in Competition law

18. Best woman lawyer Tax / Insurance Law

 D. FUTURE AMBASSADORS
These awards recognise potential leaders of tomorrow, or academic excellence, trailblazers and changemakers.

19. Best woman student Top Achiever

20. Best woman student Change maker

21. Best woman Candidate attorney Top Achiever

22. Best woman Candidate attorney Change maker

E. THE STATE / JUDICIARY / ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

Women lawyers who take the lead in the mentoring and or development of women, who has made significant strides in the workplace environment in the employ of Government, Parliament, State Owned Enterprises and the various offices in the administration of Justice.

23.  Best woman lawyer in leadership, mentorship and development of women

24. THE MALE CHAMPION OF CHANGE AWARD

The Male Champion of Change Award is dedicated to a man of vision, committed to the elevation and acceleration of gender diversity within an organisation, business, society, nationally or internationally recognising and advancing the ta- lents and power of women in leadership fostering gender balanced leadership and equality. 

G. PINNACLE AWARD

25WOZA awards the WOZA PINNACLE AWARD to a woman lawyer who displays iconic achievement embracing thought, innovation, leadership, empowerment of other women and contribution to the law. A woman who is distinguishable from the listed individual categories above, because she exemplifies leadership and regarded as a trailblazer.

WHO CAN BE NOMINATED?

  1. Anyone can nominate, colleagues, peers, staff, friends, family, clients
  2. Nominations are restricted to two category nominations per candidate
  3. Nominators who are nominating in multiple categories must complete a separate nomination form per category and provide separate copies of their curriculum vitae and letters of motivation for each category
  4. All nominations must be emailed to wozaawards@gmail.com 
  5. CLICK ON: https://www.woza.today/nomination-process  to obtain your nomination form and more information

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

All nominations submitted shall include the following three documents:

The nomination form: 
Specifying the award category, province, be duly signed by the nominator and must be accepted by the nominee; 

A cover letter: 
Motivating why the candidate is eligible for the award, limited to an A4 page;

An abridged curriculum vitae:
The nominee shall outline all experience and achievements relevant to the category demonstrating why she/the firm is the best candidate for the award, and only post qualifications required, limited to two A4 pages.

NOMINATIONS OPENED : 1 FEBRUARY 2020  

NOMINATIONS CLOSE: 15 MARCH 2020 SA time 20h00

SAVE THE DATE – WOZA AWARDS 2020 GALA DINNER, 

1 AUGUST 2020,  THE HILTON HOTEL,  SANDTON, JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH AFRICA

SPREAD THE NEWS: Please ensure that you submit your nominations at the earliest & Circulate the Nomination Categories amongst your colleagues and peers, thank you.

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