GLAMOUR Women of The Year (WOTY) is an annual event where we celebrate 10 inspirational South African women, that have excelled and are making an impact in their respective fields.
#GLAMWOTY19 will be honouring women in business, sport, science and technology, media, health, social media, music, and goodwill & activism. The top 10 women will be honoured for their impactful contribution to society and for being an inspiration to women in Africa, and the world.
The past few years have been years of not only saying it LOUDER (for the people at the back), but of taking serious ACTION. Which is what being an activist is all about. It is more than just being a face, using your platforms or channels to air your views, and posting on social media.
In the spirit of celebrating and honouring PHENOMENAL WOMEN, here are five women in SA and beyond, who are activists in every way that matters. We salute them for their invaluable work and for being committed change-makers.
Young, gifted and black. Who can forget the young girl who fought against downright racist hair policies at Pretoria Girls High School back in 2016? The viral image of a uniform clad, bold black girl with fists high up in the air, massive afro out—standing up to racism during a protest—is one we will never forget. Patel, only 13 years old at the time, became the face of the notorious #StopRacismatPretoriaGirlsHigh movement. And she has not stopped ever since. The unapologetic teen is still fighting for women’s rights as an anti-racism and anti-sexism activist. She is an ambassador for the Thuli Madonsela Foundation as well as the Biko Kids Foundation. This young melanated (and super eloquent) queen, is a regular guest speaker at conferences and at schools around SA. She is entrenched in principles of decolonisation and is all about elevating black consciousness.
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If you want young girls to feel good about International day of the girl child and democracy, prioritize their EDUCATION . Give us free sanitary pads. Prioritize our health . Prioritize our education. #InternationDayOfTheGirlChild
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Soweto-born activist, Beverley Ditsie, no scratch that, Dr Beverly Palesa Ditsie (she was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Claremont Graduate University of California), has been fighting against discrimination for the longest time, and is a remarkable champion of human rights. She co-founded the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Wits University back in the 80s. The LGBTIQA activist is renowned for being the first African lesbian to stand up for lesbian and gay rights at a United Nations conference for Women, back in 1995. Ditsie is a writer, filmmaker (you NEED to see her award-winning documentary film, Simon&I), and musician and has used her artistry with activism to create awareness and for social change.
Mazibuko is an indisputable leader, a force of nature, and an inspiration. ‘There are groups of people who are activists and those who are activist-minded, but don’t have any roots in running for office or serving in government,’ said the former DA Parliamentary leader. This was in response to the purpose behind launching Apolitical Academy—an initiative she co-founded while still lecturing at Harvard University. Mazibuko’s organisation aims to revolutionise the public service arena by mentoring and equipping young people—that ‘want to make public service a force for good.’
Watch this amazing TEDX talk where she implores young Africans in the diaspora to take up positions in office:
We know her as The Duchess of Sussex, but Meghan Markle has been using her voice to change the world since she was a little girl. Archie's mama is a feminist of note, and a picture of grace and courage under fire. The haters will keep on doing what they do best, but the Duchess keeps it moving. We could list all of her charity and philanthropy work (we love the spirit behind her charity capsule collection for Simply Works) but we won’t get into that here. Her Royal highness is worthy to be praised. That’s all.
Somali-Canadian social activist and Advisor to UN Peace Building Trust Fund, Ilwad Elman was born in Mogadishu. Elman’s father was assassinated for helping rehabilitate child soldiers. Her mother had Elman and her siblings move to Canada in the 90s. However, Elman returned back to Mogadishu in 2010 and picked-up where her late father left off—being a champion for peace—with her organisation, Elman Peace. One of her most noted accomplishments includes establishing Somalia’s very first rape crisis centre. This fierce peace warrior is being lauded for her amazing work and was recently nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. GOALS.
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Seated next to me is 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Victor Ochen from #Uganda he was actually the youngest #African to ever be nominated for a nobel Peace prize. My friend, partner in peace & one of the funniest people I know.
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