Share this post

Ambassador of Netherlands – Marisa Gerards

This week we talk to Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Marisa Gerards, who is the Ambassador to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesetho and Swaziland. We discuss the historic relationship of the Netherlands with South Africa, its role in the anti-apartheid movement and more recent developments through co-creation initiatives that promote shared learnings between the two states. We address issues of women’s empowerment through some of the programmes the Netherlands has initiated for women in Africa, such as FLOW – Funding leadership opportunities for women, and stress the importance of mentorship and role modelling to build confidence and guide women for career success. We note that culture is not static, that discriminating practices can be overcome, and encourage women to use the legal route when necessary. Tune in for more…

Download transcript

Type and hit enter