ZAMBIAN philanthropist Dr Justina Mutale has been awarded the 46th U.S. Presidential Gold Award in commendation of her voluntary contributions to uplifting humanity.

Dr Mutale received the Award during the recently concluded one-month speaking tour of the United States of America (USA) where she was invited as Keynote Speaker to commemorate the International Women’s Month in various States of the USA.

“I am highly honoured and humbled to receive this accolade from the Office of the President of the United States of America. This Award is not only for me, but for all those that have worked with me on various projects,” says Dr Justina Mutale, Founder of the Justina Mutale Foundation.

During her speaking tour, Dr Mutale participated in the International Women’s Day celebrations and the 67th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, at which she also convened an official Parallel Event.

After New York, she proceeded to Philadelphia where she officiated as Special VIP Guest and Keynote Speaker at the celebrations of International Women’s Month, held at the Mayor’s Office at City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr Mutale concluded her speaking tour of the USA as one of the Masterclass Presenters and Speaker at the Billionaire Roundtable Summit.

The Billionaire Summit incorporated the International Women’s Day History Month Conversations in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.

The U.S. Presidential Gold Award for Voluntary Services is the ultimate honour of Presidential recognition.

The award comes with an official congratulatory letter from the White House in Washington D.C. duly signed by the President of the United States of America, together with a personalised certificate, an official seal lapel pin, and a gold medal.

“We are living in a moment that calls for hope and light and love. Hope for our futures, light to see our way forward, and love for one another. Through your service, you are providing all three,” the letter signed by the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, reads in part.

Dr Mutale is one of the most travelled Zambians in the Diaspora. She is the most awarded Zambian and one of the much sought after Keynote Speakers around the world.

Over 250 international awards, honours and accolades, Dr Mutale has been globally acclaimed as one of the most influential and inspirational women of African origin and has been inducted into the World Book of Greatness.

In 2012, Dr Mutale was awarded the prestigious title of ‘African Woman of the Year’, sharing a platform with various African Heads of State and Government.

Her name is highly sought after across the globe to attach to commercial, humanitarian and charitable works.

On October 15, 2020, IChange Nations, the leading world civility organisation headquartered in the United States of America, named an international Award in Dr Mutale’s name to honour outstanding female world leaders.

Upon speaking at the prestigious Bosphorus Summit in Turkiye (formerly Turkey) in 2018, a tree was planted in Dr Mutale’s name in the famous 7Forest of Turkiye.

A women’s school in Kathmandu, Nepal, sought Dr Mutale’s permission to name the school after her, and a solar light company requested to have her name on solar lamps to be distributed to off-grid communities in rural Africa.

Dr Mutale is the inaugural inductee to the UKZAMBIANS Hall of Fame and received the UKZAMBIANS Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented to Dr Mutale by Lt Gen Paul Mihova (rtd) during the 56th Independence Celebrations in London on October 24, 2020, when he was serving as High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to the United Kingdom.

A recipient of numerous other international awards, honours and accolades across the globe, Dr Mutale has on a number of occasions been honoured on the same platform as various Heads of State, Kings and Queens.

She shares five awards with the late Zambia’s first President Dr Kenneth David Kaunda.

Dr Mutale has been conferred with over 10 Honorary Doctorates from different institutions in different parts of the world for outstanding public service.

She is listed on numerous WHO is WHO Lists, PowerLists and Halls of Fame around the world.

Winner of the Mandela 100 Prize presented in recognition of her humanitarian work, Dr Mutale was named ‘Africa’s Best Female Philanthropist’ in 2018.

She is named in the 100 Most Reputable People on Earth; as well as the 100 Most Reputable Africans in the World.

The SUNDAY NATION, 14 May 2023


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