Cape-based social entrepreneur Louise van Rhyn has won the Leader in Campaigns category of the Ogunte Global Women Social Leadership Awards. The Awards recognise women, influential leaders, connectors, campaigners and social entrepreneurs, who offer innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social issues, and can evidence their social impact.
Through her organisation Symphonia, Van Rhyn aims to address the issue of the failing education system in South Africa, arguing that the quality of education, the improvement of the school environment and the increased engagement of parents, teachers and civic society, provide an upward spiral for real change and inspiring possibilities.
Other award winners:
Susan Aktemel won the Social Business Leader category. She is the founder and director of Impact Arts, a Scotland-based national social enterprise that works with over 4000 children and vulnerable adults, changing lives through innovative, community-based arts projects.
Andrea Krause, CEO of FYSE (Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship) won the Leaders in the Workplace and Intermediaries category. FYSE develops and put on the map young movers and shakers of the nascent social enterprise sector in China and ten other Asian countries, proving all impact investors wrong!
Donna Morton, CEO and co-founder of First Power Canada scooped the People’s Vote award, for its commitment to future generations, putting clean energy, jobs and equity in the hands of communities, and she focuses on First Nations. Award Winners get a package of high value mentoring, executive coaching, access to media and speaking opportunities, all brokered by Oguntê Ltd, the Social Innovations Development company focused on women.