Leave no one behind – 16 Days of Activism

From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership in 1991.


This year, Womandla supports the UNiTE Campaign that marks the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence under the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Share your photos, messages and videos showing how you support this cause at facebook.com/womandlaonline and twitter.com using #WomandlaToTheWorld and #16days.


#Singabantu Short Film Wins International United Nations Award

Singabantu, directly translated into isiXhosa as “We are human,” is an Afrophobia awareness short film which was recently shortlisted in the Top 60 out of 320 worldwide entries by PLURAL +, a youth festival on Migration run by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.


The short film was shot in the remains of a house which was burnt down during a service delivery protests in Rosettenville, Johannesburg. This event turned into a nationwide wave of Afrophobic attacks. The film stars a diverse group of African immigrant youth from Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC and Malawi living in South Africa sharing the daily plight they face being “foreigners” in South Africa, they make reference to different stereotypes attached to their home countries and end off with a call for unity, love and tolerance.


The video was launched for Africa Month, and has aired on TRACE Africa where it was viewed in over 18 countries. It has also won the “I Am Migrant” award.

“I am really excited about the win, I am also shocked that my first attempt at writing and directing could receive such recognition”, said Louise Kanza, co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation.

The award ceremony will take place on the 10th of November in New York City where the winners will be officially announced. Singabantu is the only African winner this year.

Sophie A Kanza Foundation hopes to take #Singabantu – We are human, an Afrophobia awareness film on a continental tour to turn it into a feature documentary. The long-term goal is to open an office and youth hub in their hometown Kinshasa. The organization’s current work includes Afrophobia awareness, youth volunteerism and sanitary health. Sophie lives by the organization’s motto “Creating a culture of good deeds”.

Sophie Kanza is the co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation, a passionate pan African, change maker, peace activist, leader and believer born in the Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Africa. 


View short film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4MocQZSrEw&feature=youtu.be

My (unforgettable) United Nations experience

And so everyone is asking me the roving question: “How was your trip to the United Nations?”

Amazing seems to be the automated answer, but there’s so much more to the journey than that!

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We arrived in humid Bangkok, jet-lagged and sweating like pigs. I received ample warning about the weather, but nothing can prepare one to the actual feeling.

Many delegates arrived in groups representing their communities and societies. I came to learn that I was part of the very few representing myself. Well not just myself but the vision.

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Besides the well-themed motivational talks, UN panel discussions and the remarkable, young world-changers who graced the stage with a wealth of insight and experience, what stood out for me were the individuals of the delegation.

Never have I been in a room bursting with such passion, energy and honest hunger for knowledge on how to change the world.

That kind of environment leaves one curious for more, excited to make a difference and overflowing with new ideas.

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Another invaluable opportunity was that of networking and joining forces with not only like-minded individuals, but with people who can share the vision to other communities. Making friends is so easy when your hearts are in alignment. It makes the relationships more meaningful and purposeful.

I have added the well-curated video of the journey, which leaves me tearful every time I watch it. It’s crazy to think I was part of this, I witnessed all that was happening. I will write another entry of how Womandla aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Gender Equality.

Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook  for more!


About the Founder

Meet Sam, a food enthusiast, closet comedienne and music aficionado! 

editor.jpegSamkelwe Gqomo is the Founding Editor of womandla.com, a women empowerment blog which aims to celebrate and empower women in Africa and around the globe through digital media.

Her vision for the platform is to:

1. To build networks for young scholars and professionals across the globe
2. To educate South African girls by raising funds for their tuition through digital advertising and
3. To establish online mentorship/mentee relationships for young girls.

Womandla.com uses story-telling as a tool for social innovation, community enrichment and transformation. This platform has afforded her an invitation to the United Nations in Bangkok, for a leadership symposium in August 2017.

Sam is a Marketing Executive for a software and web development company in Cape Town. In her spare time she loves to write, travel, read, coordinate events and try out different cuisines. She is 26 years old, a brazen Christian and visionary.

Remember her name.


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Crowdfunding is a job on its own


Crowdfunding has taught me a lot over the past two weeks. So much work goes into it, I should have lost weight!

Here are my learnings since I started campaigning:

Firstly, people are FOR you, they want you to win! Some don’t say it- they show it. Some people I don’t even know were just ready to give.

Secondly, community is EVERYTHING and more can seriously be achieved in numbers. In a now very western world, we are often siloed and isolated in our own worlds, we generally only want to help IF we get something back. This has taught me to be more inclusive and to be so intentionally.

Thirdly, God is abundant. He extends Himself through His people. How much more can be achieved as a body working together?
I also learnt that expectation is the mother of frustration. The people who you’ve always routed for can quickly turn into bystanders in your time of need. Expect the unexpected. Expect disappointment and silence. It is what it is.
Lastly, I learnt a deeper sense of humility, perseverance and hopefulness. I gave myself no other choice but to conquer this.
My FEES are officially paid and all that is outstanding are my flight costs. I believe God will come through for me as He has already shown.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank you all for your seed. May you be blessed with a great harvest! A little certainly goes a LONG way and because of you, I am on my way to the United Nations!
Literally counting down the weeks, days and minutes.


Help me get to the UNITED NATIONS!

I have just been accepted for the UNITED NATIONS Young Leaders Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand, this August in relation to my social change efforts on Womandla.com


I need to pay for the fees by 18 June 2017. PLEASE help me raise these funds.
I promise a little goes a long way!

I have started a crowdfunding page where you can support the vision:


Thank you to my friends and friends of friends who are pledging R200.

If 100 people help out – my prayers will be answered.

This is for the next generation ♥