Female Entrepreneurs, Successful in South Africa

It’s 4 a.m. and while her children sleep, Angel is already up baking scones and cake while simultaneously whipping up beef and chicken stews—all to be sold by her mother, 49-year-old entrepreneur Mbali Luvuno, who will open the family shop at 8 a.m. Located at a taxi stand in Vosloorus community, close to Johannesburg, South Africa, “Mbali’s Fast Food” catering and takeaway offers sweets, snacks and home-cooked lunch meals to drivers and commuters alike. Without understanding how to price … [Read more...]

Maria de Lurdes Mutola – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this athlete, a woman that has devoted her life to her Lurdes Mutola Foundation that aims to bring more young Mozambicans to sport and to assist in helping them achieve their sporting and educational potential. She also devoted much of her time contributing to the awareness of HIV/AIDS, working to awaken the youth of our world. Her positive action has changed the lives of many youth.       WOMAN of … [Read more...]

Celebrating Women’s Day ( South Africa) – AUG 9

Women's Day (Public Holiday - South Africa) "If you strike a woman, you strike a rock" Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that pays homage to the women of our nation; - the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government. Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen … [Read more...]

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – WOMAN of ACTION™

A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this activist that has devoted her life to the betterment of all woman.  Throughout her career, this woman has been determined to equate 'women's rights as human rights'. She was the first woman to hold the position and at that point the highest ranking woman in the history of South Africa. We are excited to announce that she is now leading the charge as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and … [Read more...]

South Africa, ‘pandemic of sexual violence’ calls for Action

Atrocious rape and murder shows need for comprehensive approach to sexual violence in South Africa: Human Rights chief The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed her shock and deep sadness at the atrocious rape, mutilation and murder of Anene Booysen, a 17-year-old South African Woman. And Navi Pillay has called for a more comprehensive approach to tackling the "pandemic of sexual violence" affecting tens of thousands of women every year in South Africa. She said … [Read more...]

JOHANNESBURG, HIV/AIDS: The female condom showdown

JOHANNESBURG, (PlusNews) - Introduced more than 15 years ago, the female condom has gotten a bad rap, with some comparing it to having sex with a plastic bag, while many others still don't know about the only female-controlled HIV prevention method available. Its uptake and distribution have been outpaced by traditional male condoms: according to a recent UNAIDS report, only one donor-funded female condom was available for every 10 women of reproductive age in sub-Saharan Africa last year. … [Read more...]

SOUTH AFRICA, confronts sexual violence and discrimination

In South Africa — a country often referred to as the murder and rape capital of the world—one group of women are especially at risk. Lesbians are increasingly the targets of a particularly heinous crime: "curative" or "corrective" rape, which perpetrators believe will change their sexual orientation. We travel to South Africa to meet several survivors, who are speaking out to confront sexual violence and discrimination. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which a person is raped because of … [Read more...]

Sheila Sisulu – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ has been inspired this day by the World Food Programme to Celebrate the Life of yet another awesome force. WFP Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions Sheila Sisulu has had many roles - South Africa's Ambassador to the United States, political activist, high school teacher. WFP sat down to talk with her about why forging hunger solutions is her current priority. Join us here today, as we Celebrate the work of this force of charity, hope and … [Read more...]

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