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Each year, Concern Worldwide is proud to host the Women of Concern Awards Luncheon, to highlight the drive towards gender equality and pay tribute to those who embody justice, generosity and compassion in their work and daily lives. 2020 will mark our third annual event in Ireland.
We are very grateful for the generous support the event has received from businesses and individuals across Ireland. In 2018, our key corporate partner was EY, and in 2019, Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC were headline sponsors.
A core element of the luncheon is to honour an individual from the private or public sector for their exceptional achievements and extraordinary leadership in this area.
In 2018, we paid tribute to Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland; our 2019 Honouree was Sinéad McSweeney, Managing Director of Twitter Dublin and VP of Public Policy EMEA at Twitter - inspirational leaders committed to progress and fuelled by their belief in respect, honesty and resilience as fundamental business principles.
When Concern begins working with a community, it is women and girls who are most often the first that we work with - not only because persistent inequality in all societies means that women are disproportionately affected by poverty and oppression - but because Concern understands that women are the most effective dynamos of change within their families and communities.
We understand that if you invest sustained time and resources into the lives of women in the community - providing holistic economic and social support - that they can lead in lifting themselves, their families and their communities out of extreme poverty forever.