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Inspiring Words from 2020

Welcome to Womanity Women in Unity, this is our last broadcast of 2020 and we use this show to consider some of the lessons learned as well as inspirations for progress and success, by playing back some impactful segments with guests over the past year. The former Deputy Minister of Defence and former Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge reminds us about of some of Africa’s formidable women and how South African women on the political front have worked tirelessly to drive equality in the country. Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, explains the transformational impact education played in her life. Staying with the theme of education, Dr. Jane Ongolo, reflects on her determination to get her education, starting with walking 40km from her village to attend school. Today she holds her doctorate in Business Administration and heads up the division on Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups, Drug Control and Crime Prevention at the African Union Commission. Women continue to gain ground in every sphere of society, however there are still some areas, particularly the corporate arena where women are underrepresented. Dr. Leila Fourie, the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, shares some of her views about the importance of improving the number of women in decision-making roles. Dr. Elize Esterhuizen, who is responsible for the management of the Trauma Unit and Casualty, including COVID-19 cases at Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State offers a few inspiring words that emphasise the importance of mind over matter. Lastly, Professor Julia Wells Head of the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit at Rhodes University closes the show with some words of advice that remind women to think big. Tune in for more…

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