"Womanity - Women in Unity" is a weekly programme produced by Dr Amaleya Goneos-Malka. This gender-based programme campaigns for progress and development amongst women in Africa, and aims to celebrate prominent and ordinary African women’s milestone achievements in their ongoing struggle for liberation, self-emancipation, equality, human rights, democracy and socio-economic class division
Financial Services Director and Board Member (Africa Finance Corporation; Women’s Development Investment Holdings, First Housing Finance) – Soula Proxenos
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Financial Services Director – Soula Proxenos (Africa Finance Corporation, First Housing Finance, Women’s Development Investment Holdings etc…). Women’s Development Investment Holdings is a women-led group with a focus on funding and supporting female entrepreneurs to transform South Africa’s business and social landscape by empowering women. It was established in 1991 by Zanele Mbeki, former first lady of South Africa (her husband, Thabo Mbeki served as the second president of South Africa from 1999 to 2008). Our conversation addresses women’s financial empowerment and their long-term view towards financial products that contribute to education and life cover. We note the value of home ownership as a source of equity for wealth creation. We remark on some of the positive effects of legislation to improve the representation of women on boards in South Africa in contrast to other BRICS nations. We consider the roles of women on boards to influence aspects like gender diversity, pay parity and leadership within the organisation itself and associated stakeholders. Tune in for more….
Head of Trauma and Casualty – Pelonomi Hospital – Dr. Elize Esterhuizen
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr Elize Esterhuizen, who is responsible for the Management of the Trauma Unit and Casualty Department at Pelonomi Hospital in the Free State. We discuss some of the environmental stresses that managing COVID-19 has exerted on working conditions and the physical and emotional impact that managing the disease has had on frontline staff. We discuss education as a foundational asset to develop women and exposure to opportunities in order to help develop their respective career paths, the importance of positive role models and mentorship to guide and support choices. We note some of the attributes of female leadership and highlight women’s capability for multitasking as a key strength. Tune in for more…
Women’s Development Business Investment Holdings – CEO: Faith Khanyile
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to CEO – Women's Development Business Investment Holdings (WDBIH) – Faith Khanyile. WDB is a women-led group with a focus on funding and supporting female entrepreneurs to transform South Africa’s business and social landscape by empowering women. WDB was established in 1991 by Zanele Mbeki, former first lady of South Africa (her husband, Thabo Mbeki served as the second president of South Africa from 1999 to 2008). Women in rural areas tend to be the most marginalised in South Africa, so they are a key focus for the group, with the view that by providing credit to women entrepreneurs allows these ladies to start their own businesses thereby uplifting themselves and their families. The WDB Trust is modelled on the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, which was conceptualised by Prof. Muhammad Yunus, under the philosophy that credit is a fundamental human right, with the bank offering loans to people who were too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. WDB has also prioritised women in leadership and the gender pay gap on its gender agenda and drives these initiatives in part through its presence on investment boards and influencing change. Tune in for more….
South African singer and songwriter Nomcebo Zikode
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Nomcebo Zikode – who is the songstress and voice behind the massive global hit ‘Jerusalema’, which has sparked the worldwide #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. We talk about the making of Jerusalema and how Nomcebo draws on her own life to inspire her lyrics and music. We discuss her career and how she is developing her personal brand and finally seeing many years of hard work materialise into success. We reflect on her early years and determination to succeed. She speaks of the need to stand firm and fight for your dreams by taking action and making the right choices. Tune in for more…
Multi-award winning actress – Connie Chiume
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to multi-award winning actress Connie Chiume, who was a nurse and a teacher before her acting career launched; her debut role being an international production with performances in Greece and Israel. We reflect on life in South Africa during the 70s and the restrictions she experienced from the apartheid system in comparison to the freedoms she enjoyed in countries that were not her own. We remark on some of the freelancing challenges actors encounter in South Africa, where the entertainment industry is substantially smaller than that of Britain and America, and as a result there are fewer opportunities. We note that the industry is still male dominated, particularly in executive positions and story lines tend to be written by men. We consider the need for greater unity amongst women to exert actions that cohesively transform the industry. Tune in for more…
Head of Emergency Medicine at Wits University and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital – Professor. Feroza Motara
This week on Womanity – Women in Unity, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Professor Feroza Motara, who is the Head of Emergency Medicine at Wits University and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Our conversation highlights some of the new realities facing healthcare practitioners in the era of COVID-19, from logistical changes to protecting staff and patients. We consider some of the traits that female leaders have applied to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and other situations; noting characteristics of practicality, empathy and transparency and their tendency to make decisions that are in the best interest of people. We also remark on the duty of female leaders to mentor younger women to help them navigate their respective career paths. We reflect on the need to instill self-worth amongst girls to help them foster the belief that they have the potential to be anything they want. We highlight the value of education in the hands of women to help elevate the socio-economic conditions of themselves and their families. Tune in for more…
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Excellent profiles of powerful women
A lovely podcast profiling women doing incredible things. I especially enjoyed their feature of Women in the Judiciary.