Celebrating International Women’s Day

‘International Women’s Day provides the ideal opportunity to demonstrate that power expands the moment it’s shared, and to leverage individual leadership for collective progress.’

‘It’s a day to reflect on our collective past, to take stock of & celebrate the present and ensure that we create a bright future for the next generation’ – Videsha Proothveerejh

Spent the 7th and 8th March surrounded by a group of powerful, influential women, from different backgrounds, all coming together to celebrate International Women’s Day(IWD) and to impart some knowledge to the younger generation, our future female leaders.

The 1st IWD event was a Girls In ICT day, where we invited girl learners to attend an informative session about ICT careers with women in Technology. The event was hosted by Girls Invent Tomorrow (www.girlsinventtomorrow.com) – an initiative that was conceptualised in order to Educate, Encourage and Empower young high school girls about the vast career opportunities available in the ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) Sector.

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The event kicked off with a key-note address by Shana Kay Derman – CEO and Chief Innovator at Intellicred, followed by a panel discussion with women who are changing the face of Technology.

I would like to Thank, Shana Kay Derman from Intellicred, Monique Ross and Suzanne Smith from She’s the Geek, Kira Chernotsky-UCT Director of Customer Services at UCT’s IT department, Lebogang Madise-Microsoft student partner, Palesa Sibeko and Natassia Badenhorst for taking time out of their busy schedules and spending the day imparting some knowledge to the girl learners, you are all truly inspirational.

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The 2nd event was a Global Women’s Mentoring Walk – the event is an opportunity to highlight the importance of women’s leadership, and to accelerate the impact of women leaders through mentoring.

At this event mentors were given an opportunity to engage with a new group of bright, young mentees, as well as to reconnect with past mentees.

A big congratulations to Hema Vallabh, her team and Vital Voices for organising such a fitting event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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