The “Most Decent Public Servant” award recognises outstanding women who demonstrate exemplary professionalism and decency in their professional and public lives. This prestigious award celebrates women who effectively represent the integrity and values of the public organs they serve and the nation through their conduct and attire.


The award is open to women at all levels of public service, from local government clerks to high-ranking officials in national agencies. The selection process is twofold, beginning with public nominations of female public servants considered paragons of decency. A specialised panel then undertakes thorough research and observation to assess each candidate based on established criteria critically.

Candidates are evaluated based on their consistency in presenting themselves decently, professionalism at work, and influence as role models in the community. Last year, the award attracted over 150 nominations across various public service sectors, indicating robust engagement from the public in promoting and recognising decency.

Nominees have spanned various roles, from healthcare providers and educators to administrative officials, reflecting the award’s comprehensive approach to inclusivity. Winners have reported a weighty positive impact on their careers, including increased respect from peers and enhanced opportunities for professional development.

Plans are in place to increase the visibility of the award through partnerships with local and national media outlets, aiming to highlight the importance of decency in public service and inspire others. The organising committee also intends to launch a series of workshops led by past winners to train new and existing public servants on the importance of upholding decency as a fundamental professional value.

The “Most Decent Public Servant” award is critical in promoting decency ideals within the public sector. By recognising outstanding women who embody these virtues, the award sets a benchmark for behaviour and attire that aligns with the dignity of public service, thereby enhancing the overall image of public institutions and the nation.

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