This lesson features the pivotal role women play in a nation’s economy, how gender bias creates obstacles for women starting new businesses, and strategies and tools to address certain types of gender discrimination including negative gender stereotyping that can keep women from succeeding in business and the workplace.
We recently spoke to Dumisani Chauke, a highly ambitious sportswoman in South Africa, about her latest achievements.
You are so WOMANDLA and wear many hats! Tell us what you do.
I am a Sport Organiser at Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. I am also the netball coordinator and coach. I am the assistant coach of the Gauteng Golden Fireballs competing in the upcoming Brutal Fruit netball Premier League. I am the assistant coach of the SA u21 netball team. I am the vice chair of USSA Netball. I am the founder and executive Chair-person of Dumisani Chauke Netball Foundation.
What inspired you to play Netball?
I used to watch other ladies play the sport on TV “Sesfikile” and deep down inside I wanted to be just like them. I did not really like netball in the beginning, but I fell in love with it when I realised how good I could be at it. The life skills it has taught me are invaluable. The opportunities it has presented me with plus the doors it has opened for me are immeasurable…
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest 1 right now is launching my own foundation. And second to that, is the opportunity I have been given by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and Netball South Africa to travel with the SA Senior netball team as an Intern Coach to the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and I feel so blessed to be travelling with the team, going to the games, learning and being mentored by some of the best netball coaches in the world…it feels unreal for a Tsonga girl from the dusty streets of a small Malamulele Township in Limpopo. I cannot wait!
What struggles/problems have you have you had to overcome in South Africa?
The fact that netball is not a professional sport is still one of the biggest challenge that both players and coaches face. The lack of funding for the sport which then limits our resources and facilities. As a woman in the sport industry working with men, we are still undermined and we are always having to prove ourselves even though time and again we excel in our jobs/activities but the men in the end still have an advantage over us as women.
Do you think there is enough media coverage of women’s sport in general and if not what do you think could be done to fix this?
Not at all. We as women have to either beg for media coverage during prime time or we settle for the slots that are allocated to us on channels that the general population either doesn’t have or cannot access. In newspapers and magazines, you hardly read about the great work that women coaches and women sport leaders are doing, but on a daily basis you will find something about our male counterparts. I think we need to create our own media platforms. Be it TV, radio stations, magazines or newspapers, and even social media – since it is not being given to us, we need to create our own.
What would you say to aspiring Women in Sport?
Don’t let the suits, fancy shoes, happy socks and deep voices intimidate you, know your story and walk into this industry with confidence and your head held high. Whatever you want to achieve will not be given to you on a silver platter. You are going to have to work for it, prove yourself time and again, and then do some more work, but you know what IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT IN THE END.
Thanks so much for your time Dumi – keep soaring!
This weekend, I had the privilege of watching the record-breaking Blockbuster, Black Panther. The newest of the Marvel Comic has broken records worldwide for two weeks in a row.
So much conversation around race, budget and gender has sparked, challenging Hollywood to improve it’s systems of inclusion.
As powerful as ‘Black Panther’ was for adults, the potential impact it can have on boys and girls of color who watch it is insurmountable. Though there are many amazing characters in the movie, and one sticks out for me as a shining example of #Womandla, and that is Shuri – the Tech Princess of Wakanda.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the playful and smart younger sister of T’Challa the King of Wakanda.
When we look at the witty and sharp Shuri, we can only ask ourselves how many more Shuris exist who have untapped potential that can be used in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields where women of color are underrepresented. Shuri plays a pivotal role in saving Wakanda, which I believe qualifies her to be the next Black Panther. Who knows?
I encourage you all to go watch the movie. I don’t want to give too much away. It will really blow your mind and get you thinking!
Black Panther has revealed a whole world beyond what superhero movies had ever dared to dream of.
Nigeria’s youngest child comedian, Emmanuella Samuel, will feature in a Hollywood movie shot by Disney Studios. The exact nature of the film is as yet unknown, but her role came to the attention of fans when she posted photos on Instagram of herself on set at Disney.
Her post read, “Thanks @disneystudios God bless everyone whose support has added to bringing us here. I never dreamed of being here so soon. I miss Success. I love you all.”
Born on July 22, 2010, the seven-year-old captured viewers’ hearts on social media and rose to fame in 2016 when she starred in her cousin, Mark Angel’s comedy skit “This Is Not My Real Face Oh”. Millions across the world saw the little girl and laughed at her true-to-life character, and the video has now propelled her to stardom.
Since leaping to stardom in Nigeria, Emmanuella has been featured in several ad campaigns, and is also the youngest recipient of an Afro-Australian Music and Movie Award (AAMMA), winning the Best New Comedienne and the Princess of Comedy awards. She is also currently one of the most influential child entertainers in Nigeria, with a net worth believed to be in the millions.
Source: Huffington Post SA
This year started with a surge of movements and clicktivism campaigns challenging and uprooting the oppressive systems which women find themselves in – across industries.
In the media and entertainment world specifically, the #MeToo campaign saw many female (and male) survivors of sexual harassment and abuse, share their stories and show solidarity towards each other. The hashtag was first created in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, the Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity.
At this year’s Golden Globes, a collaborated effort from Hollywood stars had them taking actionable steps against sexual harassment and abuse, including the creation of a legal fund for people who have experienced harassment or abuse.
Many celebrities promoted Time’s Up by wearing all black or a pin. The “black-out” of the red carpet at the Golden Globes served as an act of unity against sexual harassment and abuse.
The internet is a powerful tool and the rise of clicktivism is bringing more awareness and exposure to societal issues than ever before.
Clicktivism is not exclusively the support or promotion of a cause online. It is the use of digital media for facilitating social change and activism.
Womandla, as a digital media platform, fully advocates and promotes the work that all influential leaders and change agents are doing.
In 2018, we wish to be more intentional about taking action and making a positive impact in our community at large.
We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our fervent followers! Womandla has had such an incredible year and would like to thank you all for the love and support in 2017.
This year our numbers grew from 2446 to 2798 followers, just a short margin from our target.
We rebranded our logo to represent the meaning of Womandla. The fist, representing power and strength, and the colour lilac was used to bring a feminine element to the look.
We had the privilege to host Forbes International Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, for an e-Workshop on an online conferencing platform. She will be in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2018 to deliver a half day masterclass for businesswomen. More details to follow.
Our editor, Sam Gqomo, was invited to the United Nations for a Humanitarian Leadership Symposium. She represented Womandla in support of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality and Women Empowerment).
In effort to increase our online presence, we joined Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for all the follows and shares. We were also featured in the Entrepreneur’s Magazine, where our editor spoke of the objectives and vision of Womandla.
So many women have approached us with their stories and yearning to promote the work they are doing in the women community at large. Thank you for engaging and collaborating with us. Let’s continue to do more and share more!
In 2018, you can look forward to more inspiring content, women’s health e-workshops, a Womandla High Tea in Johannesburg, South Africa and Breakfast in Port Elizabeth. We also hope to register Womandla as a social enterprise, and will take any help you may have to offer.
We are so excited to bring about positive change in women’s lives and join forces with others around the African Diaspora and the globe!
Have a wonderful holiday!