Charlotte Casiraghi and Cecilia Bartoli among the winners of the Women of Monaco Awards

On International Women’s Rights Day, the Women of Monaco Lunch and Awards paid tribute to the outstanding contributions of women living in and representing the Principality on the world stage. 

The Women of Monaco Lunch and Awards, held at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 8th March in honour of International Women’s Rights Day, was organised by Sandrine Knoell of Five Stars Events.

Through her Women of Monaco Club, Knoell brought together a community of like-minded but certainly diverse women for the event, and all were there to celebrate female solidarity and empowerment.

“A difference in our community”

One of the central elements of this year’s event was the Women of Monaco Awards, which acknowledged the work and efforts of women from a range of fields and backgrounds.

The 2024 WOMA trophies

Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline, won the Culture Award for her cultural contributions; Federica Beretta received the Art Award for her work in the arts; Isabelle Bonnal was honoured with the Education Award for advancing educational opportunities; Cecilia Bartoli, the director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, took home the Music Award; Louisette Levy-Soussan Azzoaglio received the Charity Award for her humanitarian efforts; Adriana Karembeu Sklenarikova was awarded the Image Award for her media presence; Christine Sprile earned the Career Award for her professional achievements; Patricia Jutheau Husson was recognised with the Entrepreneur Award for her business success; and Oxana Girko won the Philanthropy Award for her philanthropic commitments.

See more: Interview: Cecilia Bartoli on taking the Opéra de Monte-Carlo to new heights

“These ladies are an example of dedication, determination, excellence and inspiration, and they have clearly made a difference in our community,” Knoell said of the winners.

The WOMA Lunch is a celebration of inspiring women

The luncheon also acted as a showcase for the sustainable fashion designs of Monaco-based artist Camilla Ghione, blending art with fashion in a celebration of female creativity and leadership.

The event garnered significant support from local and international partners, including Barclays Private Bank, Artcurial and Valmont Cosmetics.

An auction conducted by Artcurial at the event featured an array of unique items, such as a signed photograph of Edith Piaf and a portrait of Monaco’s Princess Grace, with all proceeds going to the Princess Grace Foundation.

Watch our video of the event below:


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Left to right: Ivana Ilic-Labia, Federica Beretta, Christine Sprile, Louisette Levy-Soussan Azzoaglio, Oxana Girko, Isabelle Bonnal and Sandrine Knoell. Photos provided.