Damietta Governor, Prof.Dr. Manal Awad Mikhail, was selected as a member of Réseau des Femmes Elues Locales d’Afrique (REFELA) in June 2019. Her outstanding efforts aptly contributed to selecting Damietta Governorate as one of The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019. Dr. Manal Awad also received, on behalf of Damietta governorate, the UNESCO Learning Cities Prize for the year 2021. Damietta governorate was selected by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), upon the recommendation of an independent jury of international experts, as one of 10 global cities awarded for embracing lifelong learning. During the same year, she played an instrumental role in the implementation of the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces” programme, in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW) and UN Women Egypt. Accordingly, Damietta was ranked the second safe city.
Further, she received the Academy of Scientific Research Award for selecting Damietta as an innovation capital in 2018. In 2019, Damietta was the Academy’s winner of the International Cooperation Award. In recognition of her efforts, she also received 7 government excellence awards for the years 2019 and 2020. Damietta Governor was selected by the UN-Habitat program as one of the most prominent inspirational women in the Arab World. Further, she took part in several international conferences about sustainable development and climate action, women empowerment, and sustainable and innovative cities. Awad took part in MED COP 2016, which was held in Morocco.
Dr. Manal is one of the Top 50 Forum’s prominent members who was awarded for the first time in 2019 as one of the World’s 50 most influential women for the year 2018 for her successful contributions to local economic development. The forum awarded her for the second time for her relentless efforts in steering the sustainable development ahead during the ‘Women Towards New Horizons’ event in Qubba Palace in 2021.