GODIVA defends the empowerment of women and recognizes the global laureates of the Lady GODIVA initiative

Five transformative NGOs and nonprofits will be recognized: #SheDIDIT (Belgium), Up With Women (Canada), China Women’s Development Foundation (China), AVA: Against Violence and Abuse (United Kingdom) and Hot Bread Kitchen (States -United)

NEW YORK, November 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, five non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofits are recognized for their contributions to the empowerment of women in the first category of Exemplary Laureates of The Dame GODIVA Initiative. GODIVA, the world leader in premium chocolate, presents these individual awards to NGOs and non-profit organizations based in five of GODIVA’s global markets – USA, Canada, UK, Belgium, and China. 2021 recipients include Hot Bread Kitchen (US), Up With Women (Canada), #She did it (Belgium), China Women Development Foundation (China), and AVA: Against violence and abuse (UK).

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Whether it’s supporting women through transformative careers in food, building a sustainable path out of poverty, or helping end gender-based violence and abuse, these organizations are recognized and rewarded by GODIVA for their work to empower women and have a positive impact on their local communities. . Their brilliant efforts are part of GODIVA’s mission to open people’s eyes to a more wonderful world with the hope of creating a better future.

“GODIVA’s commitment to supporting local and global communities, and fostering a culture that champions diversity, equity and inclusion, is at the heart of our brand,” said Nurtac Ziyal Afridi, CEO of GODIVA. “We are honored to support these inspiring organizations taking important steps to empower women around the world. Our employees selected these recipients based on the noble efforts of each organization to improve the lives of women in their communities. They deserve to be recognized. and acclaimed for their valuable contributions to society. “

These grants also serve to honor the legacy of GODIVA’s namesake, Lady Godiva. In her famous equestrian mission, Lady Godiva paved the way for empowering people in her community and paved a path that GODIVA continues to walk today. GODIVA strives to support these NGOs and non-profit organizations, not only through monetary donations, but by continuing to provide global visibility and engagement of the entire GODIVA community, helping these organizations to fulfill their missions of advocacy for women around the world. This is just an important step in our continued journey of giving 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 intrinsic worth.

For more information on the Lady GODIVA initiative and to find out more about this year’s winners, visit us at www.godiva.com/lady-godiva-initiative. To learn more about GODIVA’s global commitment to our communities, visit GODIVA cares.

Winner 2021: Belgium – #She did it

Since 2018, #SheDIDIT has been a leading platform for women entrepreneurs with diverse roots. The organization seeks to highlight the many women entrepreneurs with an immigrant background in Belgium and redefine the image of the “entrepreneur” through inspiring stories. The organization is at the service of women born and raised in Belgium as well as those who have recently been welcomed to the country who are budding entrepreneurs, potential young people and emerging talents.

“As the # 1 organization that showcases, empowers and coaches ambitious girls and enterprising women with diverse cultural backgrounds in Belgium, we are deeply honored to be recognized by GODIVA for our meaningful work, ”said #SheDIDIT CEO Warmenbol link. “We do this by sharing stories, networking events, workshops and providing coaching to start-ups. Supporting #SheDIDIT means investing in the future of these women entrepreneurs! “

2021 winner: CanadaWith women

Up With Women is a Canadian national charity whose mission is to help recent homeless and at-risk women lift themselves out of poverty in a sustainable way. The goal of their proven program is to have a positive impact on more than 1,000 lives over the next three years. They serve women in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, serving French and English speaking customers.

“Up With Women is delighted to partner with GODIVA for the delivery of our national program,” said Lia Grimanis, CEO, Up With Women. “This support will help ensure that we provide quality services to over 300 women and gender minorities across the country, helping them lift them out of poverty quickly and sustainably.

Winner 2021: China – China Women Development Foundation (CWDF)

China Women Development Foundation (CWDF) is a national public foundation which was established by the China Women’s Federation in December 1988. It raises funds in China and other countries and regions to protect the rights and interests of women, improve the quality of life of women, and promote the development of women-led causes in China, to help build a more harmonious society.

“GODIVA has always had a strong reputation for advocating for women’s causes around the world, so we are extremely honored to receive this Lady GODIVA Initiative award,” said Zhang Lei, director of the international cooperation office, CWDF. “We look forward to a long-term partnership with our new friends at GODIVA and plan to continue our efforts in researching, developing and uncovering new opportunities that will help uplift women in our local communities. “

Winner 2021: United Kingdom – Against violence and abuse (AVA)

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) is a leading UK charity committed to ending gender-based violence and abuse. They strive to improve services to survivors through their learning, resources, guidance and to end violence against women and girls through policy, research and prevention.

“We are delighted and truly grateful to the Lady GODIVA Initiative for the generous donation which will have a great impact on our work,” said Donna Covey, CEO, AVA. “This allows us to continue to develop our innovative training and counseling offer and to challenge societal attitudes to build a better future for women, young people and children, where gender-based violence is not tolerated.

2021 winner: United StatesHot bread cooking

For over a decade, Hot Bread Kitchen has changed the lives of hundreds of women through the transformative power of careers in food. Through their support for women, immigrants and people of color in the food industry, they provide stable jobs and growth opportunities that enable women to succeed and thrive in the workforce.

“We are delighted to have been selected as the Laureates of the Lady Godiva Initiative,” said Shaolee Sen, Hot Bread Kitchen Board Member. “Given our focus on the food industry, GODIVA is a brand that we have all loved and admired here. It’s even nicer to know that this brand will help spread awareness of our organization and our mission. The grant will go to great use in reaching more people in need at a time when so many are in difficulty. “

About GODIVA Chocolatier

GODIVA Chocolatier, world leader in premium chocolate, was founded in Brussels in 1926 by the Belgian chocolatier Pierre Draps. Today, the iconic brand, privately owned by Yildiz Holding, is committed to democratizing its high-end chocolates so that everyone can enjoy the most delicious chocolate in the world when they want. With an established global presence in over 100 markets, GODIVA continues to expand its reach through an omnichannel approach, rapidly expanding beyond formal gifts by investing in consumer products 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, drugstores, online, and depending on the market. physical like shops, cafes 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 with each stakeholder: to act today for a better future. To optimize its impact, and in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, GODIVA focuses its efforts on the empowerment and sustainability of women. To learn more, visit GODIVA Cares.

Media contact:
Tara McTeague
Head of Global Corporate Communication, GODIVA
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