Ending Period Poverty

Womandla joined forces with FemConnect and Nubia Network to bring a soft launch of the new Healthcare App through the #WeGotUGirl campaign.

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The event was held at the American Corner, Cape Town, in an open dialogue format or rather “Pyjama Party” which addressed feminine healthcare education, menstrual cups courtesy of My Soft Cup, real life experiences and so much more.

We are so honored to have been the beneficiaries of the sanitary towels donated. These will help a great deal in Langa Township where we run our mentorship programme.

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Why is there an A STE(A)M?

IMG-4327The ‘A’ in STEM to STEAM is a global movement. The Arts – humanities, music, language arts, dance, drama, design, etc. have seamlessly collaborated and naturally connected with STEM fields and vice versa. Arts have been seen as social, humanizing, creative and more inclusive concepts. Sciences on the other end of the spectrum have been seen to be exclusive and logical.

STEM and Arts were seen to be mutually exclusive. STEAM addresses the investigation of STEM concepts using more creative processes of problem solving. Incorporating Arts into STEM will not only make the learning and careers more engaging but it also results in more inclusiveness.

STEAM presents an opportunity to spark excitement in learning STEM, improved critical thinking and problem solving.

STEAM addresses the investigation of STEM concepts using more creative processes of problem solving.

The STEAM movement originated at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The STEAM movement has been backed up by Internationally recognised institutes and seems to be making it’s way slowly into Africa. Design thinking is one of the aspects that incorporates Arts in STEM as a process for creative problem solving.

Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education researched the addition of the ‘A’ to STEM subjects as a means of humanizing science and technology-enhanced learning (Ge, Ifenthaler & Spector, 2015).
IMG-4326 If you remember Shuri from the Black Panther movie, she made use of technology in a very creative way.
Shuri was the architect behind Wakanda’s technology and as a scientist and engineer lead the Design Group. Her design ideas for the technologies were innovative with a lot of focus on creative modern aspects.

Collaborations of Arts and STEM are not a new concept, you may already know a few:

  • Da Vinci made use of his biology and civil engineering studies to enhance his artwork.
  • Leah Heiss, Melbourne-based designer and RMIT researcher has developed jewellery to assist diabetics administer their insulin, wearable cardiac monitor necklace, CaT Pin that can detect loneliness and can be customised to the style and aesthetics of the wearer.

So the next time someone says STEAM instead of STEM  it is not because they misspelled or mispronounced.

We as Womandla STEAM are definitely looking to have events incorporating Arts in STEM. Hence, the birth of Womandla STEAM pillar which was previously Womandla STEM.

References:
Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education publication
Leah Heiss website

2015, Emerging technologies for STEAM education : full STEAM ahead. Edited by Ge, Xun, Ifenthaler, Dirk and Spector, J. Michael, Springer, Berlin, Germany.
Forbes November 7, 2019 – When STEM Becomes STEAM We Can Change The Game
2012, Voices from the field: Teachers’ views on the relevance of arts integration. Cambridge, MA: Lesley University. Bellisario, K. & Donovan, L.

Join our 2020 STEAM Committee!

We are looking for some amazing women to join the Womandla team.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to join an amazing team? Are you looking for a way to make an impact to girls and women’s lives?

If that sounds like you, please read on:

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Send us your video via email to info@womandla.com

DEADLINE: 6 February 2020.

Social Media platforms:

    • Instagram: @womandla
    • Twitter: @womandla1
    • Facebook: @womandlaonline

Internship Opportunity

Applications for the 2020 Premier’s Advancement of Youth Internship Program are now open.

The PAY project will provide matrics first work experience and training beginning 1 April 2020 till 31 March 2021.

The PAY project allows young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the public sector, and build their CVs and skills sets, making them more marketable and employable in the future.

The successful candidates will be placed in opportunities across all 13 Western Cape Government departments.
I encourage all young people who meet the qualifying criteria, to make use of this opportunity. We have seen a number of our PAY interns over the years launch successful careers, using this opportunity as a stepping stone.

Qualifying criteria:
• You have written and passed the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in the Western Cape
• You are not going to study further in 2020
• You are a South African citizen, residing in the Western Cape
• You are financially constrained
• You are aged 24 years and younger

Applications opened on 6 Jan 2020 & close on 17 Jan 2020.
Only online applications will be accepted. Applicants will need an email address in order to apply.
➡https://lnkd.in/d-979Ua and follow the prompts register and to apply.

All the Best!

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Message from the Director

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Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.

The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.

Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.

Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.

Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!

We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!

The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV.  Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.

Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.

All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.

Sithi Nangamso!

Wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Sam Gqomo

Congratulations Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019, has gone on to win the Miss Universe crown.

Celebrated by many celebrities, including the likes of Naomi Campbell, Viola Davis and Tyra Banks, to name a few.

Besides her stance of challenging the norms and standard of beauty with her natural haircut and dark skin, she gave a compelling answer of women needing to take their stance in society in leadership.

Zozi, thank you for being an example of elegance, poise and intelligence to young black girls and the whole world.

Here’s to taking up space!

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Womandla Coding Workshop Saturdays

Cape Town – We recently held the first Womandla Basic Coding Workshop at American Corner. The coding workshop was aimed at giving the attendees a basic introduction to coding in HTML and CSS.  

The attendees learnt the common HTML tags used to structure HTML pages, the skeleton of all websites. They also learnt many aspects of styling web pages, edit text and colors, images and creating attractive layouts.  The attendees created a miniature site applying the knowledge they learnt in the session.

We also had some inspirational facilitators sharing their stories on how they got into the world of coding. They attended to all questions and queries throughout the session.

They used real life examples to explain why things are done the way they are. “We use divs to put things into their own separate places like we keep pots and pans in the kitchen and clothes in the wardrobe in the bedroom. We can put them everywhere or anywhere but you would end up with a messy house.” This was one of the analogies that actually helped the attendees to better understand the coding process.

Womandla will be hosting more coding workshops starting next year on Saturdays, also with a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Please fill in the Womandla Coding Workshop form if you would like to be a part of the program next year.

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Coding Workshop with Womandla this Saturday

The best way to spend your Saturday morning – at a Coding Workshop with Womandla in Cape Town – an opportunity for you to find out what the buzz around coding is.

We still have a few slots available, be sure to email us if you are interested.

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What to expect?

The coding workshop will run for almost 4 hours in which attendees will be engaged in discussion around what coding is and exposed to coding. Facilitators  will be available to assist throughout the coding workshop.

What do you need to bring?

You can bring a note book if you would like to take notes. Computers will be available at the venue.

Who can come?

We are looking to host 20 young women and girls  for the coding workshop and the form responses will be used for the selection of the attendees. You can fill in the Coding Workshop Form if you are interested for the Womandla Team to contact you.

When?

The coding workshop will be happening on the 16th of November.

Where?

We will be having the Coding Workshop in Cape Town CBD.

Should you be interested or know someone who is please ask them to fill in the Coding Workshop form for the workshop.

Deadline for RSVP Thursday the 14th of November

Thank You Groote Schuur High School

Groote Schuur High School’s Feminist Society invited a Womandla representative to receive their generous donation of sanitary towels.

The school’s society joined forces with the representative council of leaders to drive this donation throughout the school.

We are so privileged and honoured to receive these sanitary towels on behalf of Langa High School and continue our mandate in restoring dignity and keeping girls in school.

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