Womandla joined forces with FemConnect and Nubia Network to bring a soft launch of the new Healthcare App through the #WeGotUGirl campaign.
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.
EKSE on Cape Town TV, covered the Women in STEM Awards.
Credit: CTV, 2019. Video taken at The Vineyard Hotel
#Womandla Women in STEM Awards where they celebrated achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognized excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference.
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 email@example.com.
Congratulations are in order for our top four nominees in the TECHNOLOGY category!
Luleka Mkuzo is the founder of Urglobal, through her company she introduced the mobile rural technology park which drives technology skills training in partnership with the Department of Education.
Phumeza has held different positions ranging from IT Administrator, Business Analyst, IT Manager, Head System and Head of PMO (Project Management Office at Shell SA, at Woolworths, Engen, Liberty and currently with OptiNet
Dr. Sibongiseni Tunzelana
Dr. Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane is an adjunct senior lecturer of big data analytics and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technology in the Information Systems department at the University of Cape Town.
She is the founder and a Chief Information Officer at FlavaLiteInnovations (F.L.I.) Global (PTY) LTD and LoveOlution Dot Net non-profit company (NPC).
Dr. Mmaki Jantjies
Dr. Mmaki Jantjies is a research academic and has led Information Systems departments at the North West University as well as the University of the Western Cape.
She has further conducted extensive research on how mobile software can be developed and used to support multilingual science and mathematics education in South African schools.
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The Womandla – Women in STEM Awards shines a light on the achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognises excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in the community.
Nominations can be sent for entrepreneurs or professionals of any related organisation, from all industries and from the private and public sectors.
Date: 17 August 2019
Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR R200.
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Rumbidzaishe Maisva, Womandla’s EXCO member and Quality Assurance Analyst at Open Box Software, shared her journey with young ladies as part of Women’s month.
Rumbi was recently invited as a guest speaker at the Women In ICT event held at College of Cape Town in Crawford, Cape Town.
She spoke about how her journey led her to IT and encouraged the younger girls in the audience which comprised of Grade 10-12 learners and some students from the college through her life story.
Amongst what she said to the girls was advice on how to enrich themselves by protecting their space and their time. To not allow negative energy in their space and to use their time in a way that they are enriched for the future.
She shared how her success story actually stemmed from failure. A failed module could have cost her her degree, but she turned that around to complete her degree and further her studies by doing her Honours – which fell short of a cum laude by 3%. The girls related so much to the story and reached out to her for more inspiration after her speech.
One of the young ladies even asked to interview her and she got the opportunity to ask her questions and find out more about her role in IT.
It sounds like not only the younger girls where learning from this seminar, Rumbi says she learnt so much too. The more experienced women in the field encouraged her to keep studying – acquiring international certificates and to keep hitting more milestones. Most of what they said was validation for what she is already embarking in.
Here’s to encouraging younger ladies to grow into empowered and confident women!
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.