A win for women

On In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day in a packed ball­room in Sand­ton, Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe un­veiled her foun­da­tion’s new re­source – a book that will em­power through knowl­edge, writes Gayle Ed­munds

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‘Iam a farmer from the Ka­roo, so I know how to hunt. And I am hunt­ing your head!” said Lil­lian An­dreas, a busi­ness­woman from Carnar­von in the North­ern Cape. An­dreas’ com­ment was spo­ken to a fash­ion as­sis­tant at Elle mag­a­zine, Ayanda Molefe, at the launch of the Pre­cious Lit­tle Black Book – A Re­source Guide for Women Across South Africa.

What the two have in com­mon is that both have shaved heads, so they set up their selfie to­gether and a con­nec­tion was made. Scores of other con­nec­tions were made dur­ing the day as hun­dreds of women filled the ball­room at the Hil­ton Ho­tel in Sand­ton.

The event got un­der way as jour­nal­ist and pro­gramme di­rec­tor Iman Rap­petti in­tro­duced the Mot­sepe Foun­da­tion’s Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe. She took to the stage danc­ing and got the room full of women on to their feet to cel­e­brate a re­source that she hopes will be a way to im­part in­for­ma­tion to women from all walks of life.

The name of the game is em­pow­er­ment – and the col­lec­tive clout of the women in the room was in­spir­ing.

School teach­ers, busi­ness­women, bankers, lawyers, art prac­ti­tion­ers, po­lice­women and doc­tors hugged each other, ex­changed cards and made a com­mit­ment to only look down on other women so that they could give them a hand up.

It was a fist-pump­ing way to spend In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day.

The event started rather late – prob­a­bly be­cause driv­ing into the mid­dle of Sand­ton on a Wed­nes­day morn­ing by 9am is a con­tact sport that should only be at­tempted by the brave-hearted. As a re­sult, the four panel dis­cus­sions – health, me­dia, ed­u­ca­tion and busi­ness – had to be con­densed. Un­for­tu­nately, I missed the talk on gen­der re­spon­sive bud­get­ing and for­mer first lady Zanele Mbeki’s re­marks. How­ever, the hope is that this sem­i­nar, held pri­mar­ily to launch the book, is the first of many that will bring women from ev­ery sec­tor to­gether to find the ac­tion points. This will have a mul­ti­ply­ing ef­fect on women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in de­ci­sion mak­ing and mon­ey­mak­ing. As Rap­petti said: “Ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion should be a ba­sic hu­man right.”

The Lit­tle Black Book is avail­able on the­mot­sepe­foun­da­tion.org as an e-book

PHO­TOS: GAYLE ED­MUNDS

PAGEANTRY Tsakane Mang­wane, first princess, and Sharon Rose Khu­malo, the reign­ing Miss Mamelodi Sun­downs, gra­ciously al­lowed a queue of women at the event to have their photo taken with them

MAK­ING CON­NEC­TIONS Char­lotte Mokoena from Sa­sol, Absa’s Happy Rali­nala and Pu­leng Kwele from Broad­band In­fraco en­joy a pre-event chat HOSTS PanSALB head Rak­wena Mpho Monareng and Judge Al­bie Sachs greet each other at the in­au­gu­ral lan­guage lec­ture ALL HAIL Praise poet, singer and ac­tress Jes­sica Mban­geni at the PanSALB Mul­tilin­gual­ism Awards held at the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Cape Town last month

POWER Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe’s en­er­getic in­tro­duc­tion got the day off to a fly­ing start. She is sure that this project, aligned to the 2017 UN’s In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day theme, #BeBoldForChange, will help more women ac­cess the help they need to suc­ceed

IN­FLU­ENCE Amelia Ram­phadi from AmiSkin, Pre­cious Moloi-Mot­sepe and Doreen Mon­a­hena, the act­ing prin­ci­pal of Abram Hlophe Pri­mary School in Katle­hong

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