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KDWA to recognize professional excellence and talent in Kuwaiti women
January 7, 2019, 5:37 pm
The Kuwait Distinguished Women Award (KDWA), has been designed in alignment with the State of Kuwait Vision 2035, the goals and objectives of the Kuwait National Development Plan (KNDP), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG5) Agenda 2030, by recognizing and celebrating the role that women play to support achieving growth and development of their own communities, at home and around the world. 
KDWA highlights the exceptional work that outstanding women do in order to improve the quality of life in the public and private sectors as well as within the civil society. KDWA will not only reward these distinguished women but it will also encourage other members of the society to follow their example. 
KDWA strengthens Kuwait's position internationally in the area of 'Women's Empowerment', as part of its commitment and leadership of the global efforts to ensure effective implementation of SDGS: 'Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.'
KDWA is an award supported by the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, Women's Research and Studies Center of Kuwait University, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women. KDWA is an international award presented every year on March 8th, on International Women's Day. The Award is given to three women representing each of the key sectors: public, private and the civil society. 
KDWA's first award ceremony will be held under the patronage of H.H.the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. 
The Amir of Kuwait H.E. Sheikh Sabah Ahmed Jaber Alsabah said respectfully on Kuwaiti women: 
"One of the main aspects of democracy in Kuwait is it's belief in the freedom of women and their right to expression and to work and to hold leadership positions. Kuwaiti women have surpassed many in the region in achieving political,social and economic rights and they have cooperated with their countrymen in bearing responsibility in their society". 

Categories of Award

The award will mark the International Women's Day, on the following three main areas:
1. Government sector 2. Private sector 3. Civil society organizations

Selection Criteria 

Successful candidates should meet the following requirements :
1. Has demonstrated innovative and creative techniques to develop and improve a program or a service that has significantly helped advance the mission of her workplace.
2. Has a vision of a future strategy to develop/implement social or humanitarian programs that will contribute to sustainable and positive change and improve social and economic development.
3. Has a proven five-year long impact on the society .
4. Has received recognition or awards for her performance and work.


1. The Award recognizes initiatives that encourage competitiveness among distinguished/pioneering women in all of the Award's sectors to promote women's effective contributions.
2. The Award mobilizes the effective participation of women in the various sectors and emphasizes values that increase productivity and improve institutional performance.
3. The Award encourages innovative solutions to address challenges that face the community through the effectiveness of the role of pioneering women.
4. The Award positions Kuwait internationally by recognizing the role of women, acknowledging their contributions in various disciplines and specializations, and celebrating the dedication and efforts of outstanding women at home and around the world through allowing them the opportunity to be nominated for the Award.
The site is accepting registration from 6 January to 7 February 2019.
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