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2nd GIWA ceremony: 14 Greek women have received their award in a celebration dedicated to the women who excel worldwide for their professional achievements.

2nd GIWA ceremony: 14 Greek women have received their award in a celebration dedicated to the women who excel worldwide for their professional achievements. An evening full of inspiration, success and emotion.

The Opening address of the impressive award ceremony that was broadcast by ERT WORLD and was streamed on ERTFLIX, was given by H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Ms. Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Αmong other things, in her speech, she mentioned the following, “From the position I hold, I will always be among Greek women of all ages who fight stubbornly in a rapidly changing world to break the shackles of social captivity and overcome immobility in search of new and innovative forms of creation and action. Their bright examples are un-doubtedly arming us with strength and optimism. It is with great pleasure that I am with you today at the GIWA award ceremony and I want to congratulate all the women who participated in the competition.”

The presenter of the ceremony was the renowned journalist Emi Livaniou, who has been supporting the GIWA institution since its foundation. At the beginning of the event, Sofia Konstantopoulou, the president and founder of the Greek International Women Awards, while referring to the importance of the awards remarked: “Women are society itself, and each and every one of us together can create the so-called “domino effect”. I feel that now is the time where the whole universe has consented to make changes to our benefit. It is now clear that we have all shaken up the system, and that it is now time to talk. Be-cause the more we talk, the stronger we become. The more we talk, the more we will manage to create even more infrastructure that will support women further.”

Judges and supporters had the opportunity to present the winners and their work while they, themselves, spoke about their journey, their achievements, and the importance of the GIWA award. The two honorary awards that were not part of the competition were given to two leading Greek women with great international impact, Katerina Belefanti-Sofianou won the International Recognition award and Katerina Kounalaki won the Life-time Achievement award.

The awards were honored by the presence of the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, Maria Syregela and the Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Giannis Chrysoulakis, who referred to the GIWA institu-tion as “an outstanding award ceremony for distinguished Greek women around the world” and presented the International Recognition Award to Mrs. Ekaterini Belefanti-Sofianou stressing that ‘’Ekaterini Belefanti-Sofianou is way more than a great personali-ty, and a Great Benefactor of the Greek Diaspora. Mrs. Sofianou is a Great Lady of Hellenism, perhaps one of the greatest.’’

The renowned composer Evanthia Reboutsika participated in the big celebration and the audience had the opportunity to enjoy her music as well.

The collaboration between GIWA and EY Greece ensured transparency in the participa-tion process of the awards. Mr. Panagiotis Papazoglou, Managing Partner of EY Greece, stated: “As we find ourselves in 2021, 200 years since the revolution which gave birth to the modern Greek state, we shouldn’t still be discussing about things that should be obvious by now, such as gender equality in the workplace. We are proud supporters of the Greek International Women Awards vision, as it is an initiative that puts healthy and strong women role models in the spotlight, showcasing the power and potential of wom-en, thus paving the way to real change”.

This year’s award category winners are:

Arts and Culture: Zafirakou Andria | Secondary School Teacher and CEO of Artists in Residence
Business and Entrepreneurship: Stanegloudi Ioanna | Co-Founder & Chief Risk Officer
Design: Svoronou Rania | Design Director
Fashion: Makriyianni Katerina | Jewelry designer
Finance: Bantanidis Sophia | Head of Regulatory Strategy and Policy TTS Innovation
Hospitality: Nikolaou Dina | Head Chef
Science and Technology: Asimaki Angeliki | Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Morphology and Sudden Death
Social Science: Klimaki Sylvia | Journalist for Bloomberg TV
Shipping: Papaioannou Marina | Principal Academy Advisor
Sports: Patroni Katerina | Sport Assistant
Social Responsibility: Chatziioannidou Maria Nefeli | Founder of Yperoxes Gynaikes (Great Women)
Young Star Award: Andritsaki Natasha (Anastasia) | Undergraduate Student

You can watch the ceremony by clicking here.
For more information visit the official website of the Greek International Women Awards.

The GIWA Powered by Aphrodite Hills which is supported by businesses, organisa-tions and entrepreneurs is under the Auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, General Secretariat for family policy and gender equality, Ministry of Foreign Affairs General Secretariat for public diplomacy and Greeks abroad, National Chamber Network of Women Entrepreneurs and the Greek Embassy of Great Britain.

Official sponsors: Powered By: Aphrodite Hills
Gold Sponsor: Crystal Waters
Category Sponsors: Science and Technology: Dr.George Papadakis, Sports: Garmin, Young Star Award: Dream Vacation Houses
Process Review Sponsor: EY
Health Sponsor: ΕΟΔΥ
Bronze Sponsor: Angelica Kavouni cosmetic plastic surgeon
Strategic partner: MeXOXO
Technology Sponsor: Eventora, Inku
Production Sponsor: Meliora Communications
Sponsors: Greek List, Contessina London, Κωτσόβολος, aesopia media production, Beauty Moments, Alexandros Chatzidimos, Decode.
Media partner: ERTWORLD, ERTFLIX
Media sponsors & supporters: Δύναμη Προσφοράς, Fay’s Control, OK, Znews, Infowoman, Womenontop, the fifty-fifty project,Lean in Hellas, Unique Minds, Womanitee, the tutuproject, WomenAct, IforU, 4moms, , Allaboutshipping, Volta, GreekList,GreekSelect, Artfashion,, Contessina London, IforU, HerProject,, Fpower, Life&Smile,,,