International Women’s Day

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year we are rolling up our sleeves and ticking every goal we have projected in providing sustainable, relevant  programmes in all spheres  within the technologies, media, skills development, mentorship, and every sector based to empower young girls to live out their destiny.

We are so excited to make a tangible difference in the lives of  girls and women and doing our best to expand our national and international footprint!

Stay Tuned!

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Women’s Leadership Conference

The WeLead Conference gives you the opportunity to engage with some of Africa’s most exciting Women Leaders AND to explore your own leadership potential.

For the last 12 years, they’ve seen talented women relish the opportunity to take responsibility for their own leadership journey in an environment that encourages connection, inspires confidence and gives access to support networks.   It is also an honour to celebrate the women (and men) leaders who are paving the way for the future, our role models throughout society.

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The Conference will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Create your own leadership goals in the company of peers and mentors who’ve been there too
  • Make connections with leaders and household names you’ve always wanted to meet (our facilitators make it easy for you to do so)
  • Learn leadership lessons from unsung heroes you might never have heard of but will certainly never forgot
  • Learn how to access your own mastermind of women leaders to support you on your leadership journey (or join WeLead Circle)

Speakers include Lebogang Ramafoko, CEO Soul City Institute for Social Justice, Grace Harding, CEO Ocean Basket and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi to name a few!

For more information see link:

http://welead.co.za/womans-leadership-conference/

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Presidential Girl- Bonolo Cebe

This week’s contributor to the online sorority is Bonolo Cebe. She is no stranger to South African youth developers and social entrepreneurs. Bonolo,22, was the youngest Fellow in South Africa to be selected for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellowship Summit 2014. She’s an extraordinary African woman who sees beauty in everything. Her work, passion and cause is to empower the African girl child to dream beyond what her circumstances allow. She is an innovator, speak-lifer and creative soul that is operating under the assumption that everything is possible. I asked her a couple of  questions about her experiences in America, being in the White House and Women in Leadership.

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SS: What was your motivation behind entering the YALI Fellowship Summit?

BC: The Young African Leaders Initiative for me, presented a unique opportunity to develop and hone my leaderships skills as a young woman on the continent and also meet some of the most incredible young leaders who are working to write a new history for Africa through the tangible contributions they are making. Going into it my aim was to learn as much as possible from these powerful young people and collaborate in addressing some of the challenges that exist.

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SS: What  thoughts were going through your mind when you realized that you were selected for the programme?

BC: I was excited, but I knew that it was not by my might and that the glory belongs to God alone. More than anything, I was overcome by a deep gratitude because for the journey.

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SS: What was the first picture you took in America? Show us!

BC:The first (good) picture I took was at the Fayetteville Market

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SS: Besides gifts, what have you brought home with you?
Three key things: A renewed sense of purpose; Strategies for greater impact; A wider network and new friendships

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SS: Any challenges faced on your stay?
BC: The ignorance of some Americans pertaining to issues outside of America. The ignorance is real and it became rather challenging to engage with some people.

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SS. How did you overcome those challenges?

BC: Sometimes, to overcome ignorance one needs to get informed. I found myself having to invite people to have conversations that stretched and challenged their perceptions towards Africa.

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SS: Did you feel there was a strong presence of Women in Leadership in the White House, or just generally?

BC: There is a presence of women in the White House however the nature of politics is still patriarchal. Also there is still a low percentage of women running for office in America. Although there has been some progress, the top jobs in the white house are still occupied by men. One of the sessions we had during the course was on women in public office and one of the key challenges that came up is the fact that the remuneration gap is still quite big between male and females working in the same jobs.

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SS: What is the most important thing you’ll teach women of Africa, after your trip?
BC: Dear African woman: Tell your story, tell it well so that it may empower others. Leave a trail, we all got to where we are because someone showed us how they paved their own journey. Share, so that other generations may walk in greatness.

Believe.

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Thank you Bonzolezza Rice! Greater things are yet to come! Keep the light shining and the fire burning!