A Heartfelt Thank You!

A Heartfelt Thank You!

We wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our fervent followers! Womandla has had such an incredible year and would like to thank you all for the love and support in 2017.

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This year our numbers grew from 2446 to 2798 followers, just a short margin from our target.

We rebranded our logo to represent the meaning of Womandla. The fist, representing power and strength, and the colour lilac was used to bring a feminine element to the look.

We had the privilege to host Forbes International Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, for an e-Workshop on an online conferencing platform. She will be in Cape Town, South Africa in April 2018 to deliver a half day masterclass for businesswomen. More details to follow.

Our editor, Sam Gqomo, was invited to the United Nations for a Humanitarian Leadership Symposium. She represented Womandla in support of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (Gender Equality and Women Empowerment).

In effort to increase our online presence, we joined Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for all the follows and shares. We were also featured in the Entrepreneur’s Magazine, where our editor spoke of the objectives and vision of Womandla.

So many women have approached us with their stories and yearning to promote the work they are doing in the women community at large. Thank you for engaging and collaborating with us. Let’s continue to do more and share more!

In 2018, you can look forward to more inspiring content, women’s health e-workshops, a Womandla High Tea in Johannesburg, South Africa and Breakfast in Port Elizabeth. We also hope to register Womandla as a social enterprise, and will take any help you may have to offer.

We are so excited to bring about positive change in women’s lives and join forces with others around the African Diaspora and the globe!

Have a wonderful holiday!

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Leave no one behind – 16 Days of Activism

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.

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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.

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Own Your Brilliance right from Home!

Own Your Brilliance right from Home!

The day has finally arrived! We’re so excited to be hosting FORBES business coach, Tamiko Cuellar, tonight at 6pm (SAST) and 7.30pm (SAST).

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Please register here to receive access to the meeting. Choose the time you are available and you are good to go! You can connect from your PC, iOS, laptop or Android.

We will also send a podcast of the session in the coming weeks, just to remind you of the points discussed.

There’s nothing better than getting equipped from one of the world’s best coaches, from the comfort of your home.

Please do connect with us on Facebook too and send us selfies with the hashtag #WomandlaOwnYourBrilliance

“See” you online!

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#Singabantu Short Film Wins International United Nations Award

#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.

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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.

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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. 

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

WCW: Meet South African Mills & Boon Author

WCW: Meet South African Mills & Boon Author

Meet  Therese Beharrie, who in January 2017, published her first book with Harlequin/Mills & Boon. She tells us about her journey as a young South African author.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking: Mills & Boon books are the romances your mother and grandmother used to read back in the day. But have you picked up a Mills & Boon lately? If you haven’t, you should. There are different lines that cater to different needs, and a lot of them are really modern, while maintaining that fantasy element.

I know this because Mills & Boon bought my first book when I was 23. I’m 25 now, and have three books published so far, with another three (for now) scheduled for release in 2018. I strive to write books that cater to a modern audience, and while I’ll readily admit I didn’t realise this power at first – or the one I have as a South African woman who looks like me – I do now.

But first, let me tell you about romance.

It’s celebrated for being written by women, for women because it gives women agency. Heroines have power – mentally, physically, emotionally. From the moment I truly realised this, I’ve tried to create female characters who are strong and powerful. Who are in charge of their careers, their relationships, their mental and emotional growth. The world today doesn’t often celebrate this, but I choose to believe that small contributions like my own will create a world for my daughters where powerful women will be celebrated.

My upcoming release, United by Their Royal Baby, is an example of that kind of world. The heroine is literally a queen. She looks like me and those in my community – another thing I hope my children with see more of in the future – and she’s powerful. She finds that power in being human. Flawed. And she understands that that makes her strong; falling in love for her is a celebration of that strength.

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I hope my books will encourage other South Africans, women, and women of colour, to be unafraid to dream. I hope more of these women will be inspired to write, and that writing will help them to believe – and celebrate – their strength.

Therese is passionate about writing characters who look like her community, and her weekly blog posts are dedicated to helping new authors navigate the publishing industry while realising that they’re not alone. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with an incredible husband and their two Husky-furbabies, and feels so blessed to be living her dream. See more here:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theresebeharrie

Twitter: www.twitter.com/theresebeharrie

Website: www.theresebeharrie.com

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Womandla partners with FORBES Business Coach

Womandla partners with FORBES Business Coach

Calling all Cape Town based business-minded individuals! This November, Womandla will be hosting Forbes International Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, at her “Own Your Brilliance” book signing and mini-workshop.

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The book has been endorsed by Parminder Vir, CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Nigeria.

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Cuellar coaches high performing, purpose driven women globally on ways to transition into entrepreneurship and growth. She will be giving away two of her books (to the value of R190 each) at the event. Attendees must be present to win.

Event details are as follows:
DATE: Monday, 20 November 2017
VENUE: Cape Town, Workshop 17, The Watershed, V & A Waterfront.
SIGN UP for your single ticket to the Own your Brilliance mini workshop and book signing. Please note that the prize pertains to her book which will also be on sale.
TO ENTER: Simply fill in your details before close of business on Monday, 13 November 2017 to stand a chance of winning a spot. Register at www.brilliancebook2017.eventbrite.com.

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She Don’t Stop : Music Review

She Don’t Stop : Music Review

The song, “She”, is about the undeniable strength of a woman. Depending on where you are spiritually or mentally, this song will either make you weep before it strengthens you or it will push you to continue.

Taken from her first album, Sing to the Moon, “She” was shot in South Africa and melodically picturises the perseverance and persistence of our women.

The line “She’s tired – but she don’t stop” encourages me every time to continue to press towards the goal. It gives one hope that you can indeed move mountains and do your heart’s work.

Laura Mvula is a London based soulful vocalist known for her inventive, atmospheric mix of R&B, jazz, classical, and pop. She’ll be back in the country this December for the first Afropunk in South Africa.

She don’t stop.

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