South African Women in Business Honored by SACBW
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the Deputy Minister of Communications, speaking during the 26th annual South African Council for Business Women (SACBW) held September 13, challenged women to take up more proactive role in the country’s decision-making process.
“It can never be correct that we, politicians, sit somewhere and draft policies… But when we hold public hearings or meetings, people do not come to engage and propose ideas that will benefit them,” said Abrahams.
She further urged women to take advantage of platforms like the SACBW to increase their participation and influence in the mainstream economy.
Hester du Bruyn, the National President of SACBW, also said that the influence of the organization in South Africa has been growing. She said, “This is due to the dedication and commitment of the leaders of the branches and our honorary life members.”
She also challenged women never to underestimate their own potential and the amount of difference the can create when working together. She strongly urged women to help one another.
“I see a bright future for this country when we can assist our youth to never give up on their dreams… Too many women, both in South Africa and globally, continue to face barriers to financial independence. When women lack economic power, communities suffer,” said Du Bruyn.
Du Bruyn’s tenure as the National President of SACBW ends this year, and her successor, Cerita Nagy, 44, will take over her position beginning next year. Nagy reiterated Du Bruyn’s statements by saying that she also believed that women have the potential to transform the world around them for the better.
“It is our responsibility as women to mentor and empower other women in our country. The current president mentored me, and I am grateful… I appreciate her,” said Nagy. “If we educate women, we educate the nation. If we empower women, we empower the nation.”
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