SodaStream, the leading at home carbonation appliance is pleased to celebrate women who have left an unforgettable and positive mark on those around them and humanity in general.
Thembakazi Ndamase, Marketing Manager for SodaStream South Africa says, “It is important to honour the women who have not only fought for equal rights, but have dedicated their lives to the embetterment of not only those around them, but our global society as well. The SodaStream SHE project is a reflection of our gratitude.”
We have seen leading ladies take centre stage in not only politics, environmental conservation and sport, but we are also in an age where women are finding their voices about abuse and global campaigns such as the #MeToo Movement which was started by Tarana Burke, an American social activist and community organiser. This massive social media phenomenon has created a new level of empowerment for all women around the world.
A change maker for South Africa was Lillian Ngoyi, born on 25 September in 1911, Ngoyi was the first woman ever to be elected to the ANC’s executive and along with Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, Motlalepula Chabaku, Bertha Gxowa and Albertina Sisulu, organised the Women’s March to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August in 1956. It was there that 20,000 women stood firm against apartheid.
On an international stage, the work of Michelle Obama, the USA’s first African American First Lady, led a revolution to promote healthy living with the goal to raise a stronger generation of children.
Jane Goodall has done exceptional work in Africa, and has advocated for animal welfare and conservation. Her work with chimpanzees provides an understanding of how we can help and protect the natural world.
And American or not, we all love Oprah Winfrey, who rose to fame through her talk show and used her platform to promote better mental and physical health, and gave media visibility into the LGBT community. Winfrey promotes educational causes, international humanitarian initiatives, and is considered one of the most influential people in the world.
It’s South Africa’s turn to nominate or tell us about a phenomenal South African woman who has left an unforgettable and positive mark on you, those around her and humanity on a grand scale. Send your nominations through to SodaStream’s Facebook page, #SA_Sodastream, #SHE, #intwomensdaySA_sodastream.
This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton