Cheshire Woman of the Year Awards
We are delighted to announce the winner of
Cheshire Woman of the Year 2023 is Ije McDougall
Ije McDougall is a remarkable woman who has dedicated her life to helping others. She set up a charity called The Kairos Initiative which has made a real difference to the lives of many people around the world. As a British Nigerian who originates from the North East of Nigeria, Ije has first hand knowledge of the activities and consequences of extremists and extremism. The Kairos Initiative, was set up to support victims of insurgency in Nigeria. Through her charity, she has provided apprenticeships to young people, helping them gain valuable skills and experience. She has equipped them to start their own businesses and given them the opportunity to make a real difference. Ije has also provided clean drinking water to over ten thousand people, renovated a maternity ward, fed an orphanage, and clothed street kids. She has also connected children in need with families in the UK who have provided them with Christmas presents. These are just a few examples of the work she has done for those who are most in need.
Ije has a unique perspective and lived experiences as an immigrant woman and mixed with her BBC training and HR background, she has an insight into the lives of some of the most vulnerable people. She moved from a troubled part of Nigeria to the UK where she has succeeded in many areas. Having beaten the odds herself, Ije is well versed in the challenges that face people of minority in the UK. As a result, she speaks on some of the issues faced by minority groups in the UK. Her talk on racial equality was featured on the Black Lives Matter Website and she was nominated for the National Diversity Awards as a positive role model.
Ije is a Magistrate, an HR/employment law expert and an author. Her first book, born out of life experiences as a Nigerian mother in the UK is called “Surviving 0 to 5 years old #Mumofgirls”. One of her most popular talks, titled “Who Are You?” is being published as a personal workbook.
While charting her way through life in the UK, she has faced questions of identity and self-realisation. She has said she has battled self-doubt and imposter syndrome and understands how limiting they can be. She has overcome huge challenges to become a successful professional and role model. She now uses her experience, and skills to make the world a better place for many people here in the UK and her birth country, Nigeria.
2023 Special Awards
Janet Fletcher received a special Professional Achievements Award for outstanding achievements and role model in Engineering and STEM industry
Deborah Lawson received a Life Time Achievement Award for working tirelessly to create a more accessible and inclusive world
2023 Cheshire Woman Awards
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Here’s what some of our ladies were saying about 2022.
“It was absolutely amazing to be nominated for the Cheshire Woman Award. It was such a difficult time when we suddenly lost the dance school venue, but we just picked up the phone and started ringing round and within days we had venues sorted for all of the classes. It taught me that no matter what happens, you just have to take a deep breath and keep going.”
“I am so honoured to be here, but it’s not about me, we are all in it together. The Life Tree Cafe became a focal point during lockdown – a community safe haven, but I am here today to represent EVERYONE that’s been part of it.”
“I am completely overwhelmed to have been nominated. It was totally unexpected, and I just feel so honoured that someone has taken the time to put me forward. It’s absolutely fantastic to be here today.”
Cheshire Woman of the Year
The Cheshire Woman of the Year Award is the perfect opportunity to provide truly worthy women with the recognition they deserve – recognition they might never otherwise receive. It is an annual event that has been held for a number of years and supports the NSPCC’s work in Cheshire and Wirral.