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Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change
Gender equality by 2030 entails urgent action to eradicate the many root causes of discrimination that still face women’s rights across the world. As advocates of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), MILE in creating awareness on “SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” hosted a Women in Leadership Workshop from 10-12 April 2019 at Moses Mabhida Stadium. 

Noluthando Magewu, Acting Deputy City Manager, eThekwini Municipality provided the opening address at the Women in Leadership Workshop, mentioning the importance of challenging bias and the lack of women presence in leadership roles.

"Women are missing in the leadership presence. How are we being positive role models for young women in terms of career development? We need to be active in providing support for young women. We need to be confident and need to understand the holistic you. Grow in all aspects of life not just one,” said Magewu.  

Halima Khunoethe, Chief Director Capacity Building – COGTA in her message of support said, “We should believe in ourselves and know our worth. We must be proud of our achievements.” 

EThekwini Municipality Deputy Mayor, Cllr Fawzia Peer, the Keynote Speaker for the Workshop emphasised that a great leader is always able to lead their team into success.

“At times leaders need to look after their teams feelings and acknowledge the different cultural backgrounds. As leaders we have to take responsibility for everyone. You must always be enthusiastic to your work. You must be able to inspire your team and be a motivator. The team is a reflection of yourself.  Remember to lead by example. As women leaders you must especially strive to be honest and corruption free in your departmentsCreate a legacy that you can be proud of," said Cllr Peer.
Cllr. Peer also highlighted the following areas to be discussed over the next two days. 

Enhancement of Health Issues 
Capacity Building at an Individual Level
Skills to participate in politics 

Ms. Tozi Mthethwa, Head: Regional Coverage - Absa South Africa shared her thoughts on Women in Leadership.

"Understand the purpose and value of achieving something. Think about the consequence of making decisions based on emotions. As a women leader you need to listen to your team. Women in addition need to continuously share and learn from each other’s experience. Let’s make it a joint journey and joint responsibility. 100 % accountability, 0% excuses," said Mthethwa. 

INkosi P.T Zulu, Deputy Chairperson of KZN Provincial House of Traditional Leaders emphasized that "Women are born leaders."

“The problem with women is that we do not believe in each other. Most Traditional Leader positions are inherited from husbands when they pass away, without any training. Women Traditional Leaders are treated differently and are not given opportunities. It is not easy. As female traditional leaders we are doing our best."

Participants spent the afternoon engaging with each other in a facilitated discussion session hightlighting the barriers and challenges to Women’s Advancement​. 

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 Women in Leadership Presentations and Useful Documents

Day 1-Session 2A-Dr Stella Khumalo.pdf
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Day 1-Session 2B-Lynette Ntuli.pdf
15/04/2019 13:00
Day 2-Session 4A-Lindiwe Rakharebe.pdf
12/04/2019 13:38
Reflections Day 2.pdf
12/04/2019 13:38
Reflections from Day 1.pdf
12/04/2019 13:37
WIL Programme Final .pdf
10/04/2019 15:55

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