We are delighted to announce that Carline Ikoroha was selected as the winner of the inaugural Divine Women Awards. Carline was one of six amazing finalists, but was chosen as the winner by the judging panel for “demonstrating a dedication to helping families that knows no bounds”. Carline focuses on supporting children and their parents, working as an Inclusion Mentor in a primary school in North London. In her spare time she is an active volunteer, having started a breakfast club, run a choir and campaigned to keep a mobile library open.
Livia Firth, who led our judging panel, said: “I really admire all the women who were short-listed for the Divine Women Awards. Every single one of them has made a huge difference in their communities, but Carline Ikoroha is the epitome of a Divine human being, with her selfless attitude and sheer dedication to children, she is a real change maker.”
Carline’s prize was a bespoke Ingle & Rhode pendant in Fairtrade and Fairmined 18ct gold. The design selected by Carline is a West African Adinkra symbol called Mpatapo, which means peace and harmony, and is used in designs and crafts to represent reconciliation, peacemaking and pacification. Carline was presented with her pendant by Livia Firth and Sophi Tranchell, MBE and CEO of Divine Chocolate at a celebratory reception at The Gore Hotel in London.
Ingle & Rhode and Fairtrade pioneers Divine Chocolate established the Divine Women Awards in 2011 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day and to celebrate the amazing achievements of women across the UK.