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ITC hosted the 6th Annual Women in Politics Africa Conference that had over 60 political leaders in attendance.

Hon. Thandi Modise emphasised that “It is high time women are no longer regarded as being good enough to only be deputies, but should graduate in their roles before changing portfolios.”

Among our delegates, we had participants from our neighbouring countries including Swaziland, Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zambia.

The Top 4 Speakers As Rated By You

Day 1

Itumeleng Komanyane, Vice Chair, Eastern & Southern Regional Civil Society Advisory Group, UN WOMEN

Dr. Rose Mwebaza Adviser – Women’s Economic Empowerment and Political Participation, BUREAU OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION

 

Day 2

COLLEEN LOWE MORNA, Chief Executive Officer GENDER LINKS

Dr. Lydia Meshoe African, Provincial Leader, CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Tintswalo Makhubele, General Secretary, SOUTH AFRICAN CONGRESS OF NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS 

Some of the key outcomes after the conference were summarised as:

  • Sharing  knowledge received at the conference with fellow women and men politicians at National, Provincial and Local government spheres in the quest for working together to develop Africa
  • Delegates would like to hear at next year’s conference, feedback regarding implementation from women politicians whom have attended previous conferences
  • The dire need to adopt and mentor young women politicians which in turn contributes to educating Africa
  • Encouraging one another and uplifting each other to become better leaders
  • Refraining from shutting the door for the women behind to follow
  • Acknowledging your hard work and worth by unapologetically going after your goals
  • Motivating young women to choose careers that were previously deemed suitable only for men and contribute to the economy
  • Jealousy amongst women is now overrated and it is high time that we trust each other’s advice
  • Getting inspiration from women pioneers whom have paved the way in which young women can follow
  • “Every citizen is a politician therefore the need to work together is essential” Itumeleng Komanyane, Vice Chair, Eastern & Southern Regional Civil Society Advisory Group, UN Women
  • Making use of social and mainstream media to communicate directly with your constituents
  • Being emotionally intelligent has a positive impact on the decisions you make and how you relate to the people you serve
The conference was rated as:
91% Excellent, 9% Good

Congratulations to: Ndapewoshali Nambili, Member of Parliament, National Council of Namibia, who won a free seat to next years’ conference. ITC is looking forward to seeing you next year.

 

What you had to say about this year’s conference

“I was inspired mostly by the sisterly love and unselfishness in sharing ideas and knowledge” DIRECTOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT, MINISTRY OF GENDER, EQUALITY & WELFARE, NAMIBIA.

“I was highly impressed with hearing from African women leaders according to their high level of leadership” DEPUTY MAYOR, LUANSHYA MUNICIPALITY, ZAMBIA.

“It is great to know that there are women fighting the “pull her down syndrome” across borders was inspirational for me” CHIEF WHIP, MNQUMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY, EASTERN CAPE

“Women need to vigorously fight for the roles they know they deserve as being the deliverers. Men may have the job title, but we all know who does the ground works” ANC Deputy Chief Whip Hon. Eunice Dorris Dlakude