Five transformative NGOs are recognized by Iconic Chocolatier for their inspiring work to uplift women in their communities: Womenpreneur (Belgium), Canadian Women’s Foundation (Canada), AFAWI: Alliance for African Women Initiative (Ghana), young women Trust (UK) and Step Up (US)

NEW YORK, October 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, GODIVA, the world leader in premium chocolate, announces the 2022 global winners of The Dame GODIVA Initiative. Five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are recognized by GODIVA for their transformative work to strengthen women’s empowerment and women’s entrepreneurship in their communities — Belgium, CanadaUK, USA and Ghana, a key country in the Company’s cocoa value chain. Each organization will receive a financial grant and join a growing list of forward-thinking women’s NGOs who have benefited from being selected as one of the Lady GODIVA Initiative winners.

GODIVA honors the important work and exemplary contributions of these NGOs in empowering women with this recognition. The winners of the Lady GODIVA Initiative for 2022 are: Women entrepreneurs (Belgium), Canadian Women’s Foundation (Canada), AFAWI: Alliance for African Women’s Initiative (Ghana), young women Trust (UK) and Step Up (US).

“We are extremely proud of this remarkable group of NGOs who are bringing about positive and impactful change for women in their region of the world,” said Nurtac Ziyal Afridi, Global CEO of GODIVA. “Our social impact initiative is dedicated to elevating the inspiring transformations that each of these organizations bring to their communities. We believe that by continuing to provide global visibility and engagement for our GODIVA community, we are leading the way to help these organizations maintain their missions to advocate for women across the world.Their outstanding efforts are in line with GODIVA’s mission to open people’s eyes to a more wonderful world in hopes of creating a brighter future.

The Lady GODIVA Initiative honors the legacy of GODIVA’s namesake, Lady Godiva, who paved the way for the empowerment of members of her community and paved the way that GODIVA continues to walk today. From lifting women out of economic instability through education, to finding financial justice through careers in technology and entrepreneurship, to providing a pathway for women, girls and people of diverse genders to emerge from violence and poverty, or to provide structured programs and support to help girls lead with confidence, these organizations are recognized for the positive impact they are having in their region.

Each year, GODIVA selects a small, prestigious group of organizations through a selective review process. All organizations considered are vetted to ensure they meet the criteria of having women-focused missions with programs that advance gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s entrepreneurship. Providing support to diverse women’s groups is a core part of GODIVA’s flagship program. GODIVA employees are at the heart of the selection process and cast the final vote to choose the annual class of Initiative winners.

This is just one milestone in GODIVA’s ongoing journey to give back, inspired by Lady Godiva’s quest over 1,000 years ago to create a world where we are all appreciated and valued for our inherent worth.

For more information on the Lady GODIVA initiative and to learn more about this year’s winners, visit us at www.godiva.com/lady-godiva-initiative.

The winners of the Lady GODIVA 2022 Initiative:

Belgium: Female entrepreneur: Womenpreneur is a leading women’s empowerment organization serving underserved women around the world. Womenpreneur works through Europe and the MENA region to lift women out of economic instability through career opportunities in technology and entrepreneurship. It started as a program supporting 10 women in 2016 and has grown to over 16,000 women across Belgium and beyond. To learn more, visit https://womenpreneur-initiative.com/

Canada: Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is a national leader in the movement for gender equality in Canada. Through funding, research, advocacy and knowledge sharing, they strive to achieve systemic change. They help women, girls and people of diverse gender identities to emerge from violence, poverty and regain confidence and leadership. To learn more, visit https://canadianwomen.org/

Ghana: AFAWI: Alliance for African Women’s Initiative

Alliance for African Women Initiative (AFAWI) is a grassroots organization that supports, uplifts and empowers women and children in our communities in Ghana. AFAWI is committed to empowering marginalized people in Ghana. Their advocacy generates lasting results and they train community members to take charge of their own development and pass on their skills and expertise to their peers. To learn more, visit https://www.afahigh.org/

UK: young women Trust

young women Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. Young women are at the center of the association’s work: leading, designing and participating. young women The Trust’s core mission – to achieve financial justice for young women through equal economic and employment opportunity – has never been more important, as young women emerge from a pandemic in the global crisis. cost of living and face a 22% gap in their annual income compared to young men. To learn more, visit https://www.youngwomenstrust.org/


Success is subjective. No destination fits all – so why should one path fit all? Step Up believes that girls deserve to define and pursue success on their terms. By bringing girls together in inspired spaces – online and offline – Step Up sparks exploration and discussion of what is possible. With structured support and access to a strong community, the nonprofit mentoring organization guides girls towards their unique goals: first, identifying those goals, then laying out the roadmap to get there. Whether it’s a college, an internship, a network or just trust – Step Up is there for that and there for the girls. To learn more, visit www.suwn.org

About GODIVA Chocolatier

GODIVA Chocolatier, world leader in premium chocolate, was founded in Brussels in 1926 by Belgian chocolatier Pierre Draps. Today, the iconic brand, owned by Yildiz Holding, is committed to democratizing its premium chocolates so that everyone can taste the most delicious chocolate in the world whenever they want. With an established global footprint in over 100 markets, GODIVA continues to expand its reach through an omnichannel approach, rapidly expanding beyond formal gifts by investing in consumer packaged goods as well as online sales. As GODIVA delivers on its promise to “open people’s eyes to a more wonderful world”, customers can expect to find GODIVA in many retailers, supermarkets, pharmacies, online and, depending on the market, in stores. physical like shops. , coffees and GODIVA Delight too. For GODIVA, being a responsible corporate citizen is a way of doing business. It is a promise that the company keeps to each stakeholder: act today for a better tomorrow. To maximize its impact, and in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, GODIVA focuses its efforts on women’s empowerment and sustainability. To learn more, visit GODIVA Cares.


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