International Women’s Day

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year we are rolling up our sleeves and ticking every goal we have projected in providing sustainable, relevant  programmes in all spheres  within the technologies, media, skills development, mentorship, and every sector based to empower young girls to live out their destiny.

We are so excited to make a tangible difference in the lives of  girls and women and doing our best to expand our national and international footprint!

Stay Tuned!

#Womandla

Mentorship Programme Activated!

We are so excited to launch our Mentorship Programme this year!

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Last year, we went on a search for passionate and successful women to mentor bright girls in the Langa community of Cape Town. Of the masses that took a keen interest, we decided on 15 ladies in Cape Town who will create and pilot our mentorship programme.

The response from the chosen High School learners and their parents, has been overwhelming! We will expose the young girls to various careers and vocations, assist in subject choice and support them as best as we can on their life journey.

We look forward to actioning our vision and mission which is to equip, inform and empower women in the African diaspora.

#Womandla

 

Another one bites the dust!

Can you believe how quickly the year has gone by? 

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Looking back on 2018, we can say we have ticked many of the boxes we projected around this time.

Taking stock is something one should be doing throughout the year, just so you know you’re are still on track or that certain, unanticipated changes need to be made.

But with that said, we are so grateful for the strides we have taken.

We extended our team from one woman to five phenomenal powerhouses. Together we registered and launched Womandla as a non-profit organisation.

Our Instagram and Facebook pages have faired really well since joining at the beginning of the year and we hope to see continued growth in the future.

We have started a mentorship programme of 15 successful ladies who will take on the mentoring of young girls at a school in Langa Township. We also plan to do skills and development training for the community at large.

Our Director, Sam Gqomo, was chosen to represent the organisation and South Africa at the World Youth Forum in Egypt this November. This platform sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world. It engages youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

In the year of 2019, we will add more activities and events to our portfolios.

A huge thank you goes out to all those who have financially supported us, shared our content and contributed time and resources to making this year a success.

Wishing you all an incredible festive season and prosperity for the New Year!

 

Education for World Change

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Our Head of STEM, Rumbi Maisva, chats about a subject close to her heart – Education. She developed a system with the aim of providing a low-cost E-Learning System for African communities in underprivileged communities, called The eRumbric Ubuntu Collaborative Learning System.

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The  project was previously said to work on the “Speak to Prof Ron System” on MXit that provides learners with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI) related assistance. The proposed solution was to create an automated system that provides automated responses to learners’ questions where these questions were previously answered and reside in the database of the new system, while allowing learners to post new questions to the administrator.

The motivation for this project was to be actively  part of the solution that helps put education in the hands of children who are struggling and for them to get that support outside of school teachers where they do not get special attention.

This system was entered it into the Ericsson Innovation Awards and the Project was chosen into the Top 50.
The project was also entered into the Internet of Things Student Project Competition at the 7th ITEE International Conference and won third Prize.

Rumbi has since made progressive changes to the project so that it may be sustainable and widely used on popular platforms such as WhatsApp.

We are so proud of your ongoing work! Should anyone wish to assist in the work please do not hesitate to contact us!

#Womandla

Congrats to our Director!

Congratulations are in order! Sam Gqomo, Director of Womandla, has been selected to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this November.

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Here she will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with youth around the world.

World Youth Forum is a platform built by promising youth. It sends a message of peace, prosperity, harmony, and progress to the entire world. It engages youth from around the globe in an enriching set-up, allowing them to exchange views and recommend initiatives to decision-makers and influential figures.

The forum is a chance for one to engage with top policymakers, network with promising youth from the region and the world that are determined to make our world a better place for everyone.

All the best Sam! We are so proud of you!

#Womandla

Womandla Launch

We were excited to officially launch Womandla last month. Our team put together such a great event which spoke of our vision, mission and objectives.

We had Vuyo Matu, MD of Voice of Africa Global Media, as our Guest Speaker. She spoke of Spiritual Intelligence being an imperative for business. She went in depth on owning our future and being responsible for the Africa we want to see.

After her enthralling speech, we had a panel discussion with accomplished ladies about opportunities for Africans in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We are busy planning our mentorship programme for next year, and speaking to stakeholders and investors about the future of Womandla.

If you were at the event, you would know that we are in a season of birthing new things!

Thank you to Cape Town TV for covering the event.

#WomandlaToTheWorld

The other side of Womandla

Written by Rumbi “Askana” Tendaupenyu

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When Sam asked me to write an opinion piece on “womxn development,” every fibre in my feminist-Afripreneur-being hurled itself at the opportunity. Yet, a week later, with no content to submit, I had writer’s block, (the phenomenon of when your imaginary friends temporarily excommunicate you).

I condemned the notion that after building a career around developing womxn, my imaginary friends and I had absolutely nothing to say on the topic. I started to relive the past few years and I remembered the frustration I felt at not having been adequately prepared for, or at the very least warned of, the other side of “womandla.”

Standard disclaimer: My intention is not to discourage nor to undermine; as the work of every soul that has come before me in this movement is the reason I am able to put the proverbial pen to paper so freely. I aim to simply inform, as knowledge makes for informed decision making and a better exercise of power.

In the process of assisting to unleash the force to be reckoned with that is womxn, in others and from within myself, I discovered the good, the bad and the ugly of the development world. Below are 9 things they don’t tell you about the world of womxn development.

NB: Solutions to the below are dependent on one’s grit, social leverage, network and creativity. However, one cannot implement solutions to problems they are not aware of.

1. This is not a Liverpool fan club; you will walk alone. Everyone wants to use the hashtag #thefutureisfemale, yet very few are prepared to do what it takes to ensure that future. Thus, you may find yourself implementing initiatives in parts of the world you did not know existed, and probably without a project team.

2. Womxn don’t only require development between 9 and 5 with a break at 1 for lunch. There are times when you will work the same hours as the Mckinsey kids but for a fraction of the pay.

3. Be prepared to sacrifice. When your heart burns with an intense desire to create value and effect impactful change, it triggers the same delusional pleasure centre in your brain as love. This means that you will make decisions that put your needs and wants last because what you are trying to accomplish is bigger than you. Your relationships, health, and finances will suffer.

4. You can’t eat passion. Very rarely will you find yourself disliking whatever it is that you are doing to develop womxn. Problem is, no matter how much enjoyment you derive from it this, more likely than not, is not the path to your financial freedom.

5. Even womxn can be trash. You will encounter womxn who purport to stand for the very progressive and inclusive things you are working towards. They may even be in positions of power or influence. The coldest realisation is that they will in some way fail to support, inform, enable, protect, empower, recognise and include you.

6. Shape up or ship out. Many spaces take a traditional approach to development and challenging the modus operandi is not welcome. The unfortunate result is that talent retention is low and talent turnover is high. The upside is that you constantly get to meet and work with new people.

7. The development world is not easily accessible to everyone. Having your heart in the right place is not enough. Much like academia, you need an impressive track record to be afforded an opportunity to lend a helping hand and make a change.

8. Some do it for the “-gram.” In the story of championing womxn development, plenty of decisions will be based on how the optics play out in favour of the protagonist. Even if it is to the detriment of their beneficiaries.

9. Failure is not an option. Your work tangibly and measurably changes lives. Any underperformance on your part may disfigure or dismember womxn’s businesses and families.

There is an African proverb that says “not to know is bad; not to wish to know is worse.” By this token, my wish for those in the development world is for this kind of information to be passed down through cohorts of changemakers, with the same resolve that our grandparents had in telling us of the tortoise and the hare before towering wood-fired flames. If not for the improvement of the industry, then for the empowerment of womxn in their decision making.