Michaela Bakala, a patron of the TOP Czech Women Awards project, welcomed this year’s award-winning ladies at an informal meeting in the beautiful premises of the newly opened Andaz Prague hotel. “The mission of our project is to give other women and girls courage, to promote female cohesion, and to inspire each other. This is doubly true in today’s hard-pressed society,” she said in her opening greeting. In addition to the launch of the 18th edition of the awards, Michaela highlighted current social issues such as the energy crisis, the war in Ukraine, and the presidential election.
Jaroslav Mašek hosted the evening. Jaroslav serves as editor-in-chief of daily Hospodářské noviny, which organizes the poll every year. He debated with businesswomen, managers, and ladies from the public administration over expectations of how the economy will continue to develop in relation to rising energy costs and how the Czech Republic can continue to help in the war in Ukraine.
Chief State Prosecutor Lenka Bradáčová spoke about the Czech investigation of war crimes committed in Ukraine. TV moderator and founder of the charity project Šatník Nora Fridrichová and the costume designer Michaela Horáčková also joined the spirited debate.
For the first time in the history of the Czech Republic, the presidential campaign suggests that the chances of the first woman president are even. Therefore, Michaela Bakala invited Danuše Nerudová, one of the TOP Czech Women award-winning ladies in the public sphere category who has already officially announced her candidacy, to the final debate. In the discussion, Danuše Nerudová shared her first impressions and experiences with running a campaign and how her family perceives her candidacy.