The declaration for the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) at the June Summit of 2009, by African Union the Heads of States and Government was a milestone on the African women’s journey to empowerment and equality. Building on the previous commitment taken by the AU Assembly of Heads and government including Article 4(L) of the Constitutive Act (200) which enshrines the Parity Principle  adopting the Protocol to the Charter on Human and Peoples Rights in Africa (2003), the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality, setting a fund for African Women and Adopting an African Union Gender Policy, the decade has provided African women in the continent and in the Diaspora a platform to celebrate and a framework of implementation.

Launched in Nairobi Kenya on 15 October 2010, its 10 themes remind us of the work ahead of us.

The year 2015 is a very important year for men and women globally and particularly for us in Africa and the Award was conceptualized around it.  This year, the global United Nations family is reviewing, as well as celebrating, 20 years since the historic 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing. We call it “Beijing + 20”.

We cannot forget the journey to Beijing: we started in Mexico City in 1975, had a stop in Copenhagen, Denmark 1980 with yet another stop in Nairobi in 1985 where the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies gave birth to the Beijing Platform of Action.

The year 2015 is, therefore, a watershed year as it marks an end date for the implementation of UN Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000 and successor year for the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.


events and ceremony are sponsored and hosted by the Diaspora African Forum Foundation (DAFF), a Washington, DC-based 501(C)3 non-profit organization, born from the African-Union/Diaspora African Forum (AU/DAF) mission headquartered in Accra, Ghana located on the W.E.B. DuBois compound.  

The AU/DAF is the first African Diaspora diplomatic mission of its kind in the world.  Although it is headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the AU/DAF mission supports activities and concerns of the Diaspora wherever they live in the Americas, the Caribbean and on the African continent.

The African Union/Diaspora African Forum Mission and the Diaspora African Forum Foundation share a history and are the culmination of a number of events, including a decision in 2001 by the African Union (then called the OAU) to develop strategies for utilizing the scientific and technological know-how and skills of Africans in the Diaspora for the development of Africa.  Then, in 2003, the African Union Ministerial Committee recommended to the Heads of State that Africa should “invite and encourage the full participation of Africans in the Diaspora” in Africa’s development.

Women of Africa and African descent

take pride in their huge achievements recorded throughout time and history and their contributions to success in the struggle for freedom, development and peace and independence in political, social and economic spheres throughout the world.

The African Women of Excellence Awards
recognize these achievements during our annual galas.

This year we are supporting the African Union's 2015 theme
"Year of Women Empowerment and Development
Toward Africa's Agenda 2063''

Our objective is to recognize and award African women and women of African Descent for their outstanding contribution to the struggle for freedom, development and peace in social, political and economic spheres.

Award Categories
Living Legends Award
honoring outstanding African Diaspora Women

Women of Excellence Award
honoring women who have made significant global contributions that have positively impacted the lives of all African Women and Women of African Descent.

Our selection process is conducted by the African Union/Diaspora African Forum Awards Committee who will identify, shortlist, select, notify and profile final Awardees under both categories.