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It was an absolute delight for Helen to represent Employmum at the Woman’s Way Mum of the Year Awards.
We were nominated in recognition of all the work we have done to help parents and mothers to stay in the workplace and our role in the flexible work revolution.

This feel good event was held in the Intercontinental Hotel, hosted by Norah Casey and Woman’s Way. The star studded attendees were treated to a gorgeous lunch and amazing goodie bag sponsored by BEKO.

Activist and former asylum seeker Ellie Kisyombe was crowned The Woman’s Way & Beko Mum of the Year for 2022.

Ms Kisyombe, was recognised for making tough choices for her children, breaking down barriers and her active involvement in campaigning to end Direct Provision in Ireland.

The Mum of the Year Awards, now in its 19th year, is the largest and most recognised national awards, celebrating mothers across Ireland.

Ms Kisyombe came to Ireland in 2010 as a refugee seeking asylum, fleeing her native Malawi and leaving children behind her.

The single mother was separated from her twins for almost six years as she navigated the Direct Provision system for almost a decade, before getting her residency in late 2019.

Fast forward to today, Ellie and her family are thriving. Her children are in university, Tina is getting her Law degree and Maurice is studying marketing.

Ms Kisyombe has co-founded a community based social enterprise, Our Table, which brings together asylum seekers and the Irish community to break bread and share a space to exchange life stories.

She has also gone on to launch her own brand of hot sauce called Ellie’s Kitchen. We are in awe!

Rosanna Davison was crowned the Celebrity Mum of the Year.

Thanks to everybody for a gorgeous day out – we were honoured to be involved!