Happy 2022!

It’s safe to say we are back and ready for the year of DOUBLE!

With double the excitement mounting, we are hoping to make double the impact as we climatise to the new normal.

We cannot thank our community, supporters, and donors (shoutout DGMT) enough for your generosity and involvement in the foundation in 2021.

A special word of thanks goes out to the Mentorship, STEAM and Entrepreneurship & Development committees who showed up in leaps and bounds by providing resources to run our programmes and events.

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Some of our highlights:

MANCOSA came on board as a partner and has been instrumental in carrying out our shared values. With school shoes donated to our chosen school and venues provided nationwide, our impact can now have a wider reach. MANCOSA has also donated bursaries for women in the Womandla community and our STEAM award winners!

We also hosted our successful hybrid STEAM awards, hosted by the Editor of GQ South Africa, Molife Kumona, and keynote address by Poppy Mhlungu-Khoza, CEO of CAA. We awarded shining beacons who have shown promise and great achievement in their industry. Catch the awards here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgadEJdKeV8

The media has always had our back and have been a great voice to amplify our activism, education and vision to equip, empower and inspire women and girls (and anyone listening really) in the African Diaspora!

This year, we have so much planned across all disciplines and invite you to journey with us!

As always, we encourage you to follow our social media pages to keep up to date with what’s happening at the Womandla Foundation. Please feel free to reach out to partner, sponsor or volunteer to our cause.

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Youth Month : Our Director chats to BizCommunity about Our Vision

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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.

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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.”

BY SINDY PETERS 20 OCT 2020

Fearless Mondays series for women in entrepreneurship #SEW2020

#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.

Register today by clicking on the link https://entrepreneurship.mandela.ac.za/  and complete the #SEW2020 attendance register.

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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

Watch our Director on Afternoon Express

Watch our Director, Sam Gqomo, chat about the birth and vision of Womandla Foundation on SABC 3s ‘Afternoon Express.’

See how you or your organisation can get involved. We hope to roll out our events calendar with established partners for the year 2020.

Here’s to expansion! Send us any comments or queries on info@womandla.com.

 

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Watch Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross at the 2018 United State of Women Summit

In case you missed this empowering video with Michelle Obama and Tracee Ellis Ross, check it out here on Womandla!

New Appointment: Global Brand Ambassadors of Pursue Your Purpose LLC

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Our Founder, Sam Gqomo, has been selected as one of the Pursue Your Purpose Global Brand Ambassadors, under the leadership of Forbes Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar.

Cuellar selected women in Africa who believe in the values of  her company, Pursue Your Purpose. Her mandate is to help/coach high performing, purpose driven women globally to transition into entrepreneurship & grow.

Well done Sam!

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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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