Funny Women Founder wins Positive Impact Award

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Last night Funny Women founder, Lynne Parker was honoured In a celebration of women’s empowerment and leadership at Mansion House in London.  The Athena40 Awards celebrated ‘Women’s Interventions for a Sustainable Future’ and were presented in partnership with the London Press Club, the City of London, KNOCK Inc. and ROKH Global.

The event showcased the extraordinary accomplishments of seven remarkable women across seven categories, honouring their commitment to driving positive change and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

The winners are:

Change Visionary:  Nurdeniz Tuncer whose innovative initiatives have sparked transformative shifts in societal norms in Turkey for people with disabilities.

Leader of Positive Impact: our very own Lynne Parker was recognised for her work as the founder and chief executive of Funny Women since 2002, providing a platform to empower women to perform, write and do business with humour.

Sustainability Ambassador:  Eleni Skarveli was recognised for her tireless advocacy for environmental conservation and sustainable travelling.

Pioneer in Tech and Innovation: Sarah Mintey MBE was celebrated for her ground-breaking contributions to the field of technology and education.

Promoter of Understanding Between Cultures: honouring Geraldine Sharpe-Newton, for her advocacy and bridge-building initiatives for over four decades, cultivating a more inclusive society, where diversity is celebrated and embraced.

Advocate for the Rights of Women: The charity Media Matters for Women was recognized for its unwavering commitment to advancing gender equality and championing the rights of women in Sierra Leone.

Artist whose work Re-Imagines our Societies: presented to London-based Iranian artist Anahita Rezvani-Rad for shedding light on important narratives around women’s rights and empowerment in Iran, amplifying voices that are often marginalized and underserved.

The evening, which took place under the auspices of the Lady Mayoress Elisabeth Mainelli,  served as a poignant reminder of the indomitable spirit and boundless potential of women everywhere. Seven extraordinary women took centre stage with their stories of resilience, courage, and determination, inspiring renewed hope and optimism for a brighter future.

Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder of Athena40 and Global Thinkers Forum said: “From grassroots activism to corporate boardrooms, women are at the forefront, advocating for sustainable practices and spearheading transformative change. Together, we pave the way for a more inclusive and equitable world.”

Lynne attended the awards with Tracey Barr, chair of our non-executive board of directors, pictured here at the event.

To read more about the Athena40 Awards and the work of the Global Thinkers Forum, click here.

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Funny Women NextUp…Comedy Shorts Award

Are you a budding Director? Producer? Screenwriter? Are you collaborating with friends to make a funny video? Then we are looking for YOU!

If you have a short film or sketch that you think is hilarious, then enter your work for our Comedy Shorts Award to be in with a chance of winning some life-changing support and mentoring from comedy professionals.


A 1- 6 minute film that can take the form of anything comical. It’s a great opportunity to show us your creative flair and have fun!


This award is open to all women filmmakers and content developers. The film must be an original narrative created, produced and devised by a woman, or women, although male cast and crew members are allowed.


Yes – we require all films to be 6 minutes or under, to be entirely original dialogue, to not feature brand logos and most importantly, to only use music with the written consent of the performer and/or publisher either personally or via the PRS system .


We will broadcast selected entries on our Funny Women YouTube channel and social media (so keep an eye out) and the top 10 finalists’ films will also hosted on a dedicated Funny Women Comedy Shorts Awards page on our website. We will also broadcast the final 3 entries as part of the grand final night.


Films are judged for production, concept, delivery/performance, creativity, writing and overall funniness. The top 10 films are then viewed by an independent judging panel of top television and film industry professionals who will choose one overall winner and two runners up. The final three will be invited to attend the grand final in London on the 23rd September.


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