The Motsepe Foundation Aims to Empower Women Through Access to Information
On a mission to be bold for change and empower women at all levels with access to information, the Motsepe Foundation’s Women’s Unit will launch ‘The Little Black Book: A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 08 March 2017 – The Women’s Unit of the Motsepe Foundation launched The Little Black Book; A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton today. As part of the organisation’s drive to educate and empower women, the book will provide key information for women at all levels, across the country.
Businesswomen, health and academic professionals, international, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, have been invited to attend the launch. Through this diverse gathering of experts, the Women’s Unit aims to use the book launch and seminar to kick-start a joint commitment towards accelerating the upliftment of women in the country.
From the fields of health, education, media and business, the panellists will include: Dr Danisa Baloyi, the Executive Director of the National Black Business Caucus; Siki Mgabadeli, an award-winning financial journalist, anchor, producer and editor; Ronelle klinck, a Teacher Ambassador at Microsoft South Africa; Obenewa Amponsah, the Executive Director of the Harvard Centre for African Studies in South Africa (CAS); Bronwyn Nielsen, Head of Programming, Executive Director at CNBC Africa; and Philisiwe Mthethwa, CEO of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF); and Professor Pamela Naidoo, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
In a country where women play a significant role in their communities, and are often the decision-makers in their families, information is vital. The Women’s Unit believes in providing women with reliable, relevant and accessible information through technology, so that they can make informed decisions. The Foundation is determined to help raise the socio-economic status of women in South Africa, so they may be better positioned to contribute more effectively to their families and communities.
“Information and technology are the two levers that can symbiotically give women access to information, such as tips and advice on health, business, legal matters, family issues, finance, and education,” says Motsepe Foundation co-chair and CEO, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
The theme of the event is #BeBoldForChange – which is the theme for the 2017 United Nations’ International Women’s Day.
Using the book as the basis of the seminar, guests and panel members will be encouraged to tackle information issues around;
Health: Improving Women’s health outcomes through access to information and technology.
Media: Do the media facilitate access to information, through technology, which lead to women empowerment?
Education: Information and technology as an anchor for women’s empowerment.
Business and Financing: Access to information and technology to make informed business and financial decisions.
The Motsepe Foundation has partnered with public and private institutions to ensure that women at all levels, both in rural and urban regions, are able to easily access the book. Print and electronic versions of the book will be made available through the Foundation’s partnered institutions, and on the Women’s Unit page of the Motsepe Foundation website.
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About the Motsepe Foundation:
The Motsepe Foundation was established in 1999 by the Founder, Patrice Motsepe, and Co-Founder, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. The Motsepe Foundation was the first family-owned organisation on the African continent to join The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
The Motsepe Foundation has since worked with international and local partners to achieve its vision to alleviate poverty and sustainably improve the living standards of the poor, the unemployed and the marginalised people of South Africa.
The Foundation’s key programme areas focus on: education, health, economic development, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment, sports and art. As part of its commitment to women’s empowerment, the Motsepe Foundation established the Women’s Unit. This Unit focuses on a variety of programmes in social entrepreneurship, bursaries for girls studying in the STEM fields (which is part of the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that 50% of University students are female), sports initiatives through netball, music programmes through the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, the Gender-Responsive Budgeting Initiative (GRBI), and its latest initiative – The Little Black Book for Women.