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Violet Polelo Selwana’s super power is self-motivation

Name: Violet Polelo Selwana

Province: Eastern Cape

Facebook: Polelo Violet Selwana

Twitter handle:@Violet­_pvs

Instagram: violet_selwana

What is the essence of being a woman to you?

The essence of being a women lies in her, faith, caring heart, kindness, and wisdom. Being a women is a blessing and a gift from God. A woman is fearless, she is the source of love, compassion, sincerity, sacrificing patience and attention.

What is your super power?

Self-Motivation and My God are my super powers. In hard/good times I pray to God to strengthen me , so I can be able to stand strong and motivate myself to keep going in life.

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Generous, Active, Powerful, Cooperative, Cheerful, Patient and Goal-Orientated.

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes, I totally relate to Women’s. In remembrance of 9 August 1956, many woman went through tough time, fighting against unjust laws enforced on woman in South Africa. Many things were achieved in the power of women’s unity and strength. So this is a special month to remind woman the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the important role that women of all races and religions have played and continue to play in South African society.

They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Yes. According to Science, it has been proven that women grow and mature faster than man. So in most cases my brothers will always want advice from my mother and us sisters to help in their decision making, not that they cannot decide on things but they need women support and wisdom to get things going for them. Practically, men will leave us but will find a women still remaining strong for them, not giving up, waiting with a beautiful smile on their faces. Looking at my mother support towards father proves a lot that women are not so easily broken by Circumstances in life.

How do you think society perceives women?

In Today’s time women are living a tough life. As the society perceive them as weak, and are used in all sorts of bad things, like they being abused, raped and discriminated against the gender roles. In most cases women in order to be taken serious in leadership positions or be in power, they have to suffer and always fight to prove themselves that they are capable, even when they meet all requirements are still to be critised to their strengths and abilities.

How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

Change in the sense of changing the community in building a better society, to show commitment I am engaged with BEAUTY I OWN, is a non- profit organisation that mainly focuses on empowering and inspiring young women thus allowing them to acknowledge the power they possess and the beauty that lies within them. In this case “beauty” is referred to as a single word covering knowledge, behaviour, physical appearance as well as attitude. As a way of achieving this, the organisation aims at playing a tremendous role and helping create change in today’s society, improving mind-sets, self-esteem and helping build confidence. The Beauty I Own has been in operation since 2014. We have grown so much that we have branches in Johannesburg, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. Behind The Beauty I Own, is its principle of giving back to the community and what better way to impact a community than to target the young people hence our events are subject to take place in communities we working. We offer motivational speaking, empowerment and help out in providing and asking for donations sanitary to young women.

What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

It is to educate and guide each other. For example, women who are successful can come back and share experiences, information and resources, to other women so that they can grow and build a better change in developing the country.

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I believe in equality and social justice, so gender roles sometimes are problematic because they create a division amongst the nation as, men now see themselves as superiors and ignore women capabilities in power. However, as a women my role will be to keep embracing the sense of dignity, respect, not allow to be undermined, strive for good leadership and continue to fight the system in regards to gender equality.

In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

Reference from above with all those qualities of women being strong, making things to happen, working hard, warmth and good leadership skills etc., I believe they will try to make sure that people in the country are happy and also improve in changing the social perspective of the country. In general the country will still be operating fine just, the good thing of it will be that women will be highly respected and their dignity.

Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Love yourself, Never stop dreaming, believe in your dreams and ambitions, always keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Do not forget WHO YOU ARE, do not shut out your inner voice it is Very Powerful and lastly always tell yourself you are Beautiful do not wait for others to tell. Everything starts with you because it’s all about you and your life.

 

 

Activator Khangwelo Mulovhedzi’s super power is strength

Name: Khangwelo Mulovhedzi

Province:Limpopo

Facebook:Glam Kay

Twitter handle:

Instagram: khangwelomulovhedzi 

What is the essence of being a woman to you?

Being able to give birth and raise a leader means that I am a leader by nature. I should stand still and be strong and shield all my beliefs and my value. With hope to be groomed by people who know leadership skills.

What is your super power?

Standing strong even if there are storms in my way. Sometimes I fall but I’m able to dust  myself off and continue

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Goal oriented and courageous

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes….. Because back then there were woman who were prepared to take on action in the struggle and I believe that I can also be that woman who is not afraid of change

They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Yes because if there were no women, there was not going to be motivation and someone who channels the behaviour.

How do you think society perceives women?

As some weak creature that needs protection and shielding from men. Of which I strongly disagree.

How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

I have passion and charisma inside me that makes me yearn to be groomed by the female leaders and be able to be a well-rounded finished product. To advocate on behalf of woman

What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

Be that person who is fearless of change. Who can stand her ground without leaning on a man? But rather seek advice were necessary

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

Empowering other females that they can be better and not be side-lined. They should stand up and raise their voices.

In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

Colourful, just like its national flag. Because I wouldn’t just document ideas but rather focus on the implementation part of it.

Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Be passionate and dedicated to instill change in people.

 

 

Activator Blessing Mutiti’s super power is resilience

Name: Blessing Mutiti

Province: USA

Facebook: @ Africanmythbuster

Twitter handle:@blessmutiti

Instagram: Africanmythbuster

What is the essence of being a woman to you?

Knowing my worth before anyone else defines it for me and setting goals endlessly

What is your super power?

Resilience, knowing my worth and exercising a strong sense of self-esteem.

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Goal oriented, Leader, resilient, ambitious and passionate

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

No, womanhood should be recognised every day and one month put aside is kind of limiting in itself. I wish for a world where being a woman is not perceived as a need for special tolerance but equally significant as the other genders.

They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Women have supported men who have consolidated their positions in leadership because naturally women are incubators, they are resilient, they nurture and they motivate. Without women, there will be chaos and men will not be the leaders they are.

How do you think society perceives women?

In a very subjective way, very demeaning mostly. Unfortunately even so for the president of the most powerful country in the world, USA.

How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

Setting goals consistently and faithfully following through. Not allowing anybody to dictate my pace, my worth and believing every day that I can do more; the sky is not the limit.

What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

There has never been a better time for women to be involved at every level they want to be; whether in academics, politics or economics. They are gifted because they can do this from bottom up starting with the family level.

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I am an environmentalist, activist and a sound academic. I will be counted among men with PHD’s in the science field. And I am working on passing on the legacy by supporting young girls to consolidate their interest in science and environmentalism.

Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Do not be hasty, take time and develop your skills. You are set apart because you are unique and do not conform, dare to be different.

Activator Keneuoe Masegela is passionate about empowering women

Name: Keneuoe Masegela

Province: Gauteng

Facebook: Keneuoe Rorisang

Twitter handle: @KellykeneuoeM

Instagram: @Keneuoe_Rorisang

What is the essence of being a woman to you?

The essence of my womanhood lies in my passion for the future of my people

What is your super power?

Love

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Resilient

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Women’s month is significant to me because womanhood is the source of all life and our contribution to the future is vital.

They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Definitely, when a woman succeeds the whole nation benefits. Words of Wangari Mathai

How do you think society perceives women?

Society perceives women as fragile people who need constant saving.

How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

Woman empowerment is very close to my heart, when we make decisions we connect to our situations and our emotions are our strongest characteristic

What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

To stay resilient, courageous and enduring.

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I am not afraid to speak my truth and stand by it.

In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

Peaceful and more progressive.

Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

I would say it is okay to be different it’s okay to be rebellious if your rebellion brings about positive change. Fear is a state of the mind, free yourself. Love is a possibility

 

 

Chantal Martin’s super power is giving love

Name: Chantal Martin

Province: Northern – Cape

Facebook: Chantal Chante Martin

Instagram: Chantalchane

 What is the essence of being a woman to you?

The real essence of being a woman is the ability to nurture and to love deeply, unconditionally.

What is your super power?

My super power is giving love to others who needs it.

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Young independent mother, who loves her family and is passionate about being the change I want to see in my society.

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes, I do relate . The significance of being a woman is there to raise a village , love the unlovable ones and being the woman she is destined to be.

They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Indeed I agree. Remember without the touch, the love, the support of a woman no man will survive being on earth even if it is only for one day.

How do you think society perceives women?

They don’t think we can take up leadership positions, they think we are too weak and soft. But actually women are more keen to see change happen.

How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

To become the change I want to see in my society especially for  the young girls in my community. That in order to be an independent young woman you have to work for what you want .

What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

Women are slowly starting to be independent and become more successful in any field they put their minds on.

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

To never be dependent on a man , to make me feel as if I only exist when I need his help. To get rid of that mentality that women and men are equals.

In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

Honestly there would be less chaos. A woman knows what a family needs and with that she will be able to provide for those who needs it the most.

Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Always be true to yourself no matter what obstacle life throws at you as a woman and never change to be accepted by society.

 

 

Activator Kgadi Mmanakana’s super power is serving people

Name: Kgadi Mmanakana

Province: Limpopo

Facebook: Kgadi Mmanakana

Twitter handle: @KgadiMmanakana

Instagram: @the_possibilitarian 

  • What is the essence of being a woman to you?

To play a role of a mother which is a divine mission given only to women due to their innate resources; nurturing and intuitive nature.

  • What is your super power?

I am excellent at serving people (servant leadership is in me).

  • What words would you use to describe yourself?

Possibility thinker, intuitive, compassionate, passionate and resilient.

  • Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes, Women’s Month to me is a reminder of the pivotal role they played in shaping our country and a sneak peek of the good that can happen when women are granted a chance to lean in and sit at the “big” tables. As a young woman living in a very patriarchal society, this month is important to me; not only to be reminded that I too (as a woman) can actually lead but to be empowered because we cannot ignore the fact that gender stereotypes still exits and are denying this country or rather world of the change its waiting for.

  • They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

No, my statement will be “behind every strong WO/man there’s themselves” because the greatest power /strength comes from within.

How do you think society perceives women?

Incapable of leading and “not strong enough”. As an active young person in the community and a business person who is a female, I’ve found myself having the feeling and need to prove myself thrice as hard that I can actually deliver on that business project, in a meeting rehearsing my opinions before uttering them to a room with 50+% of men (this was before I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, now I am no longer intimidated). I’ve also found having fruitless discussions with my male counterparts on the issue of having a female president in our country. My male counterparts argument was that the country is not ready for that, reason being “You are a woman and emotional.” Another vague reason or rather reaction I ever got as an ambassador of Women in Engineering was that “girls can’t do math and science because they’re girls” and a sigh that says “but you are woman” when you say you are an engineer or studying.

  • How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

I am a sage and inspirational speaker and personal coach on leading a purpose-driven happier life full of possibilities; I have launched a tour (New Beginnings Inspirational Tour) couple of months ago to equip, inspire and affords individuals an opportunity to rewrite their stories, claim their dreams back and learn how to respond to life struggles in a constructive way.(The theme of the tour is : Life is 10% what happens to you, 90% is how you respond to it). As part of the tour I’ve incorporated focus groups (New Beginnings Circle 4Her (for females) and 4Him (for males) ,the circles are the hands-on version of the tour. As an active and responsible citizen I play my part by participating in public gatherings concerning development of my community/country, by serving as a sounding board to young people looking to start projects in their communities.Over and above by being a definition of possibility that inspires others to start seeing possibilities in their own lives.

  • What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

Being nurturers and intuitive leaders.Women are very instrumental and have been endowed with powerful traits that any country that want to grow needs. Naturally women are nurturers and intuitive; they put others’ needs first and they great at making right decisions! People say women are too emotional and can’t lead ; I say let’s look at Mme Thuli Madonsela- she’s an ethical leader that stand her ground regardless of the heat. To me she’s a great example of what a woman can do given a chance.

  • In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I initiate and support projects that equips, empower and inspires young people (men and women alike) to get to know themselves and meet their own inner power; that creates possibilities for them (access to info, resources, skills development and education) and give them a space to lead. My work as a business strategy consultant, speaker, volunteer affords me an opportunity to achieve that.

  • In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

Adequate service delivery with a strengthened “Batho Pele” principle.

  • Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Kgadi, you matter.As much as the world need Person A, the world also needs YOU!

 

 

Activator Philadelphia Sanzinza’s super power is nurturing

Name: Philadelphia Sanzinza

Province: Northern Cape

Facebook: Siziwena Samunzala Sanzinza

Twitter handle: @Siziwena

Instagram: @Siziwena

  • What is the essence of being a woman to you?

To me the essence of being woman is motherhood and being able to share and give so much love endlessly and being peacemakers and homemakers without wanting to be rewarded for it.

  • What is your super power?

I am a nurturer that is my superpower

  • What words would you use to describe yourself?

Protector, lover, fighter, teacher, nurturer, child, learner, motivator,

  • Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes I do, it plays a big role in the history and lives of women. The day teaches and motivates us to let our voices be heard and not to be afraid to live our dreams.

  • They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Yes it is true, and Yes I can relate to it.

  • How do you think society perceives women?

Society sees women as child bearers who should be submissive and know her place is in the kitchen. That women are weak and do not have a voice and that they cannot lead.

  • How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

I am committed to change the mindsets of women and to let them know that they can be whatever they want to be and that our daughters should be taught they can be independent and have a mind of their own and do not need someone else to do the thinking for them.

  • What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

The role of women in developing the country is inevitable, as women today are key drivers of the economic growth with their entrepreneur qualities. Women are willing and able to take up any challenge that will make a contribution toward the positive development of their respective countries or communities.

  • In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

Working twice as hard as men do and taking every opportunity granted and proving that women are able to do anything and everything with the right amount of encouragement and support.

  • In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

More stable than it currently is, as women are born leaders and nurturers they would be able to run the country better and be able to put the needs of the country and its inhabitants first and selflessly make them a priority at all times.

  • Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

That you are here for a reason on this earth to make a positive change and impact people’s lives, do not be discouraged by the challenges that you will face rather let them be your guide and strength to greater treasures and successes. Lastly that you may fight a battle more than once to win it, and always remember to include GOD in all that you do.

 

 

Activator Penester Tjale’s super power is love

Name: Sehlorana Penester Tjale

Province: Gauteng

Facebook: MamaGaopalelwe Tjale

What is the essence of being a woman to you?

Being a woman means encouraging, empowering and showing love in abundance to everyone

What is your super power?

Love

What words would you use to describe yourself?

Kind, welcoming and humble

Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes, it’s about celebrating who we are as women and what we can do in our communities.

  • They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

No

  • How do you think society perceives women?

Society perceives women as weak and vulnerable. Which is not true.

  • How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

I am empowering young women in my community and encouraging them to follow the scientific route.

  • What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

Women’s role is of utmost importance in developing our country as I believe we give birth to the nation, nurture it and let it grow into the best it can be, with a woman’s guidance of course.

In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I have to admit it is quite difficult to fulfill my role, because not only am I overlooked due to the fact that I am a woman and I am black and I am also told that I cannot do certain things as they require a man’s strength. Therefore it means I have to work extra hard to prove my capabilities.

  • In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

It would be a much better country in a sense that women would be prioritised and empowering them would be one of the most important aspects. It would also encourage young women to believe that it is possible to become a leader in this man’s world.

  • Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

I would advise my younger self to be patient and study further.

Activator Mpho Tshabalala’s super power is empowerment

Name: Mpho Palesa Tshabalala

Province: Originally from the North West but staying in Gauteng now.

Facebook: Palesa Mpho Tshabalala 

Twitter: @MissMbalientle

Insta: palesa_mpho_tshabalala

  • What is the essence of being a woman to you?

The essence of being a woman to me is a message of inspiration, empowering women to live overflowing with an abundance of passion, love, joy, happiness, gratitude and everything their heart desires.

  • What is your super power?

Women empowerment is my super power.

  • What words would you use to describe yourself?

Words I’d use to describe myself: Passionate, driven, go-getter and doer.

  • Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes I relate to women’s month. It is significant to me because as a woman we hold so much. Just being a woman is Gods gift that all of us must appreciate. I mean the origin of a child is a mother and is a woman.

  • They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Yes. I relate to it as true as it stands. Behind every successful man there is a strong woman.

  • How do you think society perceives women?

Society perceives women in many dimensions and it also depends on the demographics of the society. But in all essence women are the ones that show men what sharing, caring and loving is all about.

  • How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

I have #CommittedToChange the world as a woman by opening a company that builds, uplifts, empower and teaches the young women of SA skills development. To dream one should also work hard to make their dreams come true.

  • What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

The role of women in developing the country is nourishing each and every opportunity we get. By developing and making a difference in the social and economic sectors of the country.

  • In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I’m fulfilling my role by making a difference in our community, lifting others as I rise.

  • In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

If SA had a female president we would be a place that has constant growth and improvements to our economy. You can give a woman anything and she will turn it into something.

  • Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Advice that I would give to my younger self is: Start whilst you young and whilst there are opportunities out there. Don’t wait for anyone

 

Activator Zimkhitha Madonci’s super power is staying grounded

Name: Zimkhitha Madonci
Province:Eastern Cape, Cradock
Facebook: ZeeNomkhitha Qomakazi Madonci
Instagram: Zimkhitha

  • What is the essence of being a woman to you?

It has to be the ability to go through pain and still keep smiling with your head held high

  • What is your super power?

My ability to keep pushing and stay grounded by knowing the roots of my family tree.

  • What words would you use to describe yourself?

Go-getter and loving sister

  • Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?

Yes.. because I think woman at large deserve to be appreciated and told that they doing a great job even if its once a year. We need to be celebrated even though we do all we do with love.

  • They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?

Well I guess it will vary with situations because not all men have strong women behind them but they still doing a great job regardless and we see them.

  • How do you think society perceives women?

Society still thinks that women are fragile and they need to be looked after, not knowing that what women endure is alot.

  • How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?

By making sure that am a good role model to those who look up at me in a positive way and when they reach out to be the sister they long for, we all need that someone in our lives who is always there to listen to us every now and then so we can just be that person.

  • What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?

To make sure that we don’t lose focus and work just as hard to make sure that we also contribute to the development of the country in every way possible and stay grounded in our purpose.

  • In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?

I guess one can only do what God called them to do and also in some societies women are expected to do only things that women should do. But I also think that with time and also circumstances that we live under women should not limit themselves. We are stronger than we know and we should break the chains that limit us to the kitchen.

  • In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?

I really don’t think its about gender but rather about having the right person with great leadership skills and drive to lead our beautiful country. I still believe we made a big mistake letting Dr Mbeki go, we would have been having a different conversation now.

  • Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Keep dreaming and asking. As you’re still dreaming and working hard there is hope that one day your dreams will come true.