The Womandla Foundation will be hosting the second Women in STEAM Awards on 28 August 2021.
The Awards shines light on the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and advocacy for STEM and recognizes excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in their communities. This year we have included the ARTS industry to the categories, which demonstrates an exceptional use of arts and innovation in the STEM fields.
“Part of bridging the gender disparity is us taking the opportunity to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who against all odds are making outstanding contributions within their respective fields,” Says Rumbi Maisva, Head of STEAM at the Womandla Foundation.
The Womandla Women in STEAM Award winners will be announced on the morning of 28 August 2021 at the virtual award ceremony.
We encourage every female and organisation across South Africa to put forward their success stories with regards to gender empowerment.
Submit your entry here to be considered for this year’s Womandla Women in STEAM Awards.
This year, the awards will take on a hybrid approach and will take place at the MANCOSA Learning Centre in Cape Town and online.
This Youth Month, we chatted to Sam Gqomo, founding director of the Womandla Foundation, who shared with us how the organisation is striving towards its mission of informing, empowering and equipping women and girls with the tools and skills necessary to live out their destiny.
Womandla is a non-profit company that seeks to bridge the gender gap in Africa, empowering women to attain their own economic development, while also uplifting their communities and society at large. To meet its objectives, Womandla collaborates with other organisations to promote social innovation, public education, community enrichment and transformation.
Its projects are based on four pillars; STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), mentorship, entrepreneurship, and development, and include coding workshops and bursaries to help women and girls thrive and compete in the 4IR workforce.
Gqomo explained that one of the toughest challenges for young girls in vulnerable communities is accessing menstrual sanitaryware: “The biggest problem and challenge that we’ve met at the schools is that the girls don’t have sanitary towels or anything really for that time of the month and so it’s quite difficult to talk about anything else that’s all about your dreams, etc., when you sometimes can’t even attend school.”
In order to help keep these girls in school, Womandla’s subsidiary efforts include raising funds and donations to provide menstrual sanitaryware. “It’s a problem,” said Gqomo, that they will miss out [on school] for something that is biological and natural.”
The main way in which the business community can support all of Womandla’s efforts is through funding its projects: “They can either create activities that we can partner in so that it’s mutually beneficial or support us by funding our initiatives,” she said.
Sharing her message for Youth Month, Gqomo said, “We need to find the silver lining, the focus and the vision, and the unity to drive out what our future should look like.”
Amidst trying financial times and increased unemployment among the youth, Womandla Foundation is proud to announce its partnership with MANCOSA to afford 20 women across Africa with the Honoris Online Academy 21st Century Skills Certificate.
Over the past year, it has become increasingly clear that the world of work demands cognitive agility and a mobile mindset – attitudes and behaviours of success. The Womandla Bursary’s 21st Century Skills Certificate will prepare the bursars to thrive and compete in automated, data and AI-driven realities.
Womandla Foundation is a non-profit organisation which celebrates and empowers girls and women in Africa and beyond. Womandla collaborates with various organisations to promote social innovation, access to education, community enrichments and transformation.
“We are excited about this partnership with MANCOSA and the impact it will have on the bursary recipients” says Sam Gqomo, founding director of Womandla Foundation.
“The 12-month programme will ensure women graduate with skills to not just be more employable, but entrepreneurial. This aligns with the Womandla objective of empowering women.”
The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate online programme, valued at R3 900, covers a number of courses, some of which include behavioural intelligence, critical thinking, creativity and design thinking, communication, collaboration, coding, data analytics, and entrepreneurship.
With the deadline looming, women across Africa are encouraged to apply for this life-changing opportunity by no later than 3 April 2021. Winners will be announced on Monday, 4 April 2021.
To apply, follow Womandla Foundation on social media, tag Womandla and motivate why you deserve the 2021 Womandla Bursary.
Look in the mirror, at the person staring back at you. If there’s any dialogue to have at this moment, it would be with you. The one who could write a book on what the year has been…
You’ve navigated the unprecedented. The carpet seemingly being pulled under your feet to expose a foundation that questions your very concept of being grounded. You couldn’t have prepared for what came. Our country – the world, battling with the same; a pandemic. Amidst uncertainty with masks querying everything familiar, yet you were there. Yet, you showed up.
Many have had to navigate the faceless. From attempting to swim against the current to navigating your very own tides that welled up within. With the latter being a place of conversation and vulnerability. Some had to carry the loss of loved ones, the loss of employment in their family settings; while others navigated watching their peers or family members fighting with Covid-19. With the times calling for less contact, it is unimaginable that this journey could have felt any more lonely. Yet you chose to keep your vision even though the sight was dim.
With a lack in resources, in the harshest of environments, many had to look at the giants that stood in their way and find the strength from within to get to their destinations. It could not have been easy.
It has been a lot.
Against all odds, you showed up. The dedication you carried on your shoulders each day speaks volumes. Count yourself in as you face the person in the mirror. Look at where you’ve come from; what you had to conquer.
Class of 2020, we’d like to say a huge Congratulations! Remember this… Your future is written with the same kind of pen…against all odds you shall BE!
Join the African Angel Academy Info Day at 3pm today! To promote a culture of Africans investing in Africans, the International Tech Hub network is giving 45 Kenyan, South African and UK-based experienced professionals or new angels the opportunity to join the African Angel Academy in January 2021.
The programme is delivered through an online course that draws on the experience of ten top angel investors and is complemented by masterclasses from local experts and angels, as well as virtual networking sessions and a start-up showcase.
An information session will be held on 25 November 2020 from 15:00 (SAST). Go to https://bit.ly/3fzC0QU to register.
The Grow My Business Africa Masterclass is back for the second running and will take place virtually AND physically in Cape Town.
The concept of the Masterclass stems from an Entrepreneur’s frustration of leaving a workshop or business conference inspired, but without deliverables, actionable steps or practical tools to apply in their business.
The objective is not to just inspire SMME’S and emerging entrepreneurs or professionals, but to EDUCATE them and provide tools that they can apply in their business or careers by means of a workbook.
Each attendee receives a Tailored Workbook on:
-Business Growth Strategies
-Finance and Funding
It gets depressing to work hard and have nothing to show for it. Join us as we learn from marketer, Sbusiso Kumalo, and Leaveil de Fountain from Allan Gray, on how to better position your business for Growth, financial literacy and how to access funding.
4IRCARE and CliniMed have joined forces to support women fighting against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The event takes on an expo form to educate people about all things health and to raise funds for safe houses, shelters and homes.
4IRCARE is a tech-based platform which provides affordable and innovative virtual access to private health practitioners, virtual pharmacies and virtual consultations.
Clinimed is a private healthcare facility that offers primary medical care, dental health care, wellness programmes, optometry and aesthetic solutions.
We have identified your company as a partner in the health industry and would like to offer you an opportunity to exhibit at the Expo.
Join the annual MANCOSA @mancosa.africa Women’s Leadership Webinar in Partnership with Aspire Solutions on the 3rd October from 10am to 11am via Zoom (link will be sent through once your ticket has been purchased) for a morning filled with women empowering women, the current Gender-based Violence epidemic, parenting during the pandemic, as well as success stories and the journey of our amazing panel of speakers!
#SEW is an annual national program aimed at raising awareness of entrepreneurship as a career, as well as emphasising the benefits of having the best of both worlds as a student and an entrepreneur.
This year, #SEW2020 will be hosting a webinar series which will focus on various issues faced by women entrepreneurs within the entrepreneurship space so as to align with Women’s Month.
Our Founding Director, Sam Gqomo, has been chosen as one of the speakers and will be addressing the concept of IKIGAI – How to link your passion to your purpose – Strategies for bringing your Vision to Life – How to create your business strategy for Impact Work.
The webinars will be a 5-part series which will be held every Monday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm.