Womandla Vision Board Workshop

We ran a Womandla Vision Board mini workshop for young girls in Cape Town, last week. We’ve seen many celebrities create these, so we took the positive lesson to the test!

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Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do. According to the popular book The Secret, “The law of attraction is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualizing, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe.”

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Our Founder, Sam Gqomo, addressing the girls on being visionaries.

What you focus on expands. Use words that appeal to you or images that jump at you. We set some music and allowed our hearts and minds to lead us into our future. The girls have committed to hanging their boards where they can see them, and will work hard towards what they have forecasted.

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The purpose of a vision board is to bring everything on it to life. So put things that inspire and motivate you!

Give us your feedback in the comment section below! Have you created a vision board before? Did it work?

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Social Coding for Girls

Social Entrepreneur, Thembiso Magajana, shares her heartwarming journey of how “Social Coding for Girls” project started.

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My journey to becoming a Social Entrepreneur is not a very profound one. There are no heartfelt antidotes of how from a young age I knew I wanted to save the world or be a champion of the community. In fact, I grew up pretty self-absorbed, only concerned about my little bubble.

That was until my aunt had a baby and I soon became cousins with the most extraordinary little girl you have ever seen. Although technically my cousin, I referred to her as my niece because she was 16 years younger than me and I was fiercely overprotected over her. Anything she wanted, I got for her. And as fate would have it, When she turned six years old, what she wanted, was to become a computer engineer.

Now wait, let’s go back a few paces.

Firstly, I come from an accounting background. That’s about as far from Computer Engineering as Paris is from Timbuktu. And to be completely honest, the only thing I really knew about using computers was how to do an excel spreadsheet.

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Fast forward to the morning my “niece” turned six, and decided that she would be an engineer who would build the worlds next Facebook and her “aunt” who could barely tell the difference between the on and off button on a computer, (although to be fair, the same button works for both functions) would be her teacher.

So that’s what I set out to do. I spent sleepless nights researching, reading “Computer programming for Dummies” and watching Youtube tutorials. Soon I was teaching her, what the internet was teaching me.

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One Saturday, She arrived at our lesson with 3 other young girls. And that’s how Social Coding was born. With 4 six years old’s and one laptop.

Presently, we’re an organization of 185 girls, all of whom are being taught digital entrepreneurship through computer programming by a teach of dedicated Social Coding Volunteers. We are so set on ensuring that EVERY GIRL in South Africa has the opportunity to be exposed to Coding, that we even developed a special curriculum, where the girls are taught input and output programming using a blackboard, for workshops run in rural areas where girls may have never even seen or touched a Computer because it’s important for us to introduce technology to at a level that every girl can understand. Our Workshops not only teach young girls from as young as six how to be innovative creators, but how they can be leaders..conceptualists of community solutions because our mandate is “The sustainability of the creator and her community”. This organization is my life because I have seen it GIVE LIFE to others.

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So perhaps I didn’t set out to change the world.

But the World certainly changed me.

Calling all girls to GERMANY!

Girl 20 Summit launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, G(irls)20 places girls and women at the heart of the economic decision making process by advancing the idea that increasing female labour force participation will generate growth, stabilize communities and countries, and lead to social innovation.

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The programs include:

  • Global Summits
  • Bootcamps for Brains
  • Girls on Boards
  • Fathers empowering Daughters

Visit the site for more information.

Don’t leave it for too late! Applications are quite wordy and lengthy, a video is also required in the process. Apply by 8 December 2016

I hope you represent well girl!

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International Day of the Girl Child

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we all stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls!

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The 7 Girls You Need In Your Group Of Friends

Thought Catalog

1. The one who always pushes you to do more.

This girl is the equivalent of a shot of espresso in the morning, or seeing someone go 30 percent harder than you on the elliptical next to you. She is always pushing you to do more with yourself because she won’t settle for less, and knows that you shouldn’t, either. When she posts some Facebook status about landing her dream job, or shows up to brunch looking stylish and happy, not even a little bit of you thinks, “This bitch. Come on.” She makes you want to have it for yourself, and embodies the idea of surrounding yourself with the kind of people you want to be.

2. The one who is okay with just hanging out and talking.

When the two of you hang out, it’s like putting on a Snuggie and curling up in a giant armchair with…

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