The EJS Center’s “Spotlight a COVID-19 Heroine” initiative was recently highlighted by Vanguard, a leading Nigerian newspaper. The article featured a statement from former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which she explained the impetus behind the initiative and encouraged readers to nominate an African woman they know who is deserving of wider recognition for her COVID-19 response efforts:
“In every African country there are pioneers and change makers who have already made a tangible difference to the lives of people impacted by COVID-19. These women are true servants of the people, and most of them are unsung heroines. I want to make sure at least some of them get the limelight they deserve. If you know an inspiring woman who has been helping to combat the pandemic in some way, then please nominate them today.”
The “Spotlight a COVID-19 Heroine” initiative invites men and women globally to nominate African women who have served their communities, constituencies, or countries with distinction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most inspiring nominees will be interviewed by the EJS Center and will each be the subject of an individual “COVID-19 Heroine” profile showcased on the EJS Center’s website and social media channels. Nominators of successful candidates will also have the opportunity to be featured alongside the Heroine’s profile.
On what the initiative aims to achieve, EJS Center Executive Director Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks said:
“I firmly believe that cometh the hour cometh the woman. Women across the continent and across every sector are stepping up to the challenge posed by this pandemic, serving their countries and communities with distinction. These are the women we want to shine a light on so they can be celebrated as the role models they truly are.”
Submissions are open until 20 November.