"We march, we petition, we chant and year in year out women continue to be the victims of gender-based violence" - Mpho Mpofu
Women have historically been oppressed by men - this doesn't mean they have to emulate the outdated masculine ideal in order to gain credibility.
Abandon the coloniser mindset and work within the community; when you truly care for the people you are solving for, it is a great starting point.
I think the more we target the root of problems, focusing on the more long-term, sustainable change, the more likely we are to solve some of these problems.
I’ve always been passionate about securing rights for people across the globe and this is what led me into development work, with a focus on global health and SRHR issues.
I am passionate about digital media and policy. Recent international events have shown the power of digital media in influencing policy and politics.
The lack of women in the centre of policy-making bodies contributes to the prevention of female progression and ineffective gender equity laws.
As Africa continues to assert itself “locally, continentally and globally”, the leadership within governments need to intentionally break the cycle of the lack of political will as well as continue to invest key sectors.
You’re going to be tested in your resilience, your strength, your motivation and your determination. You won’t always see the life lessons that lie ahead but trust that the universe has you.
The only way to address any of these challenges we face is the same way we have addressed our work this week – together. The rule of the game is: together.