• Farhana

    Becoming a symbol of female empowerment in Bangladesh

    After growing up in Saudi Arabia, Farhana moved to Bangladesh as a young woman and was instantly inspired by the launch of the Award there. Although she suffers from auto immune disease, Crohn’s, it

  • Irene Kamanda

    Leading from the front

    My name is Irene Kamanda, and I am a teacher at Kisima Girls’ High School, in Samburu County. This is in the Northern Region of Kenya: an area where security is a far-fetched dream, and cattle

  • Irene Kamanda speaking at the World Fellowship annual dinner

    Supporters hear how Award helps girls “lead from the front”

    “I am speaking of girls who are brought up knowing they are worth a few cows since that’s what their dowry is. They are there to be seen, not to be heard

  • Farhana Meghami, Gold Award holder and entrepreneur from Bangladesh

    International Women's Day: Make it happen

    Ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) we hear from a Gold Award holder from Bangladesh who is working to empower women in her local community and beyond

  • Secretrary General of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation with the First Lady of Mozambique

    First Lady championing women worldwide

    First Lady of Mozambique visits Award House to hear how the Award is empowering young women worldwide

  • Female Award participants in Ghana looking at photographs

    Life through a lens

    Patricia Yeboah's Award project has enabled marginalised young women to share their stories and experiences with the community through the art of photography

  • Dr Rosanna Peeling, Gold Award holder from Hong Kong

    First female to get Gold in Hong Kong SAR

    Dr Rosanna Peeling was the first female to get the Gold Award in Hong Kong SAR back in 1969. Now the Professor and Chair of Diagnostic Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical

  • No longer isolated

    "I grew up in Amman, the youngest sister of four brothers, and I was very protected by my family. Women in Jordan do not enjoy the same freedoms as men and I felt very isolated. I did not have

  • Gold entrepreneur empowering women in Bangladesh

    “I feel I can now earn my own living as this initiative has given me a chance to actually discover the hidden talents that I have.” Renu Begum