With rising education levels and general empowerment, women play an increasingly important role in economic development across the continent. Even though this is an overall positive development, typically male dominated sectors such as the construction industry still have a long way to go when it comes to establishing diversity.

To recognise the contribution of female professionals to Africa’s built environment, the African Construction Expo presents the 2nd annual Women in Construction Excellence Awards to be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, 28 May 2014.

Now in their second year, the awards celebrate the expanded role of women and drive diversity in the construction industry. They honour women who have pioneered the development of the African built environment and recognise the emerging leaders of the industry. Last year, Busi Legodi, General Manager at PPC South Africa and Elizabeth O’Leary, Executive Director of Khuthaza, won the Women in Construction Excellence awards.

Nigerian-based Prof. Danladi Slim Matawal who is a member of the Women in Construction Excellence awards judging panel, says that among the nominees, he is looking for a “women who despite all the surrounding atmosphere in construction perseveres and rises to the top, I believe that this type of woman should be recognised. I believe we need an award to push for African women to pursue careers in construction”

Individuals and organisations may submit nominations. Winners are selected based upon the following criteria: Industry transformation, emerging excellence and African project leaders. Awards are open to all professional women active in the African construction industry. Nominations must be submitted no later than 7 April 2014. To submit a nomination, please download the nomination form from the African Construction Expo website or contact Stefanie Pillay at stefanie.pillay@hypenica.com.

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