Hon. Manty Tarawalli Emerges as Nominee for 2024 Women Changing the World Award

By Foday Moriba Conteh

Hon. Manty Tarawalli, the Minister of State for the Office of the Vice President, has been nominated for the prestigious 2024 Women Changing the World Awards in the category of Global Impact. The awards, organized by prominent figures such as Sarah – Duchess of York, Dr. Tererai Trent, Peace Mitchell, and Katy Garner, aim to honor women worldwide who are making significant contributions to change, both large and small.

The final decision on the winners will be made by the Board of Judges and announced on March 28th.

Expressing her gratitude, Hon. Manty Tarawalli remarked, “It is an absolute honor just to be recognized and nominated for such a prestigious award. To be one of the winners will be amazing.”

A distinguished development expert and politician, Manty Tarawalli previously received the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Medal for Outstanding Achievement in 2023. Her notable roles include serving as Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, where she spearheaded the development and passage of the groundbreaking Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Act 2022.

Under her leadership, Sierra Leone saw significant advancements in gender equality, including the largest caucus of women MPs in the country’s history and reforms enabling women to own and inherit land without restrictions. Currently, as Principal Assistant to the Vice President, her responsibilities include overseeing national inter-ministerial programs and representing Sierra Leone globally on matters of national development.

Prior to her current role, Hon. Manty Tarawalli served as Minister for Gender and Children’s Affairs, where she established a results-driven Ministry focused on addressing gender inequalities and strengthening child protection mechanisms. With extensive experience in project management and a Master’s degree in Project Management from Salford University, she has been instrumental in driving transformative initiatives, including Sierra Leone’s first National Maternal Health Social Franchise Network.

Hon. Manty Tarawalli’s nomination for the Women Changing the World Award underscores her dedication to women’s empowerment and her significant contributions to societal progress both nationally and globally.


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