Celebrating Women at the Change Makers breakfast
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Facebook and Lionesses of Africa joined forces at The Park House of Events in Hyde Park Corner to honor the empowerment of women and women entrepreneurs. Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director for Facebook Africa started off the morning by sharing interesting statistics regarding Facebook and female-owned businesses. “ This year, International Women’s day was the most talked about topic on Facebook for the 2nd year in a row and it was noted that 8 out of 10 women use social media to market their businesses. Facebook will continue to stand behind you. It’s interesting to note that women perform 66% of all the work done and only earn 10% of that. When women do better, the economy does better.” She said. Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s VP of Global Marketing Solutions added to this by sharing her inspiring story and the obstacles she had to overcome to get to where she is today.
Margaret Hirsch, Chief Operations Executive of the Hirsch Group expressed her respect for the businesswomen who attended the event: “It was so wonderful seeing all these South African and African women entrepreneurs this morning. Hearing what they do and what they have done, where they come from and where they are going, is beyond amazing. For me, as an entrepreneur, it was like getting a new tank of petrol and I feel revved up and ready to go. Speaking to the other women who attended, they felt that their souls had been uplifted by the understanding that they are not alone and they are going down the same road as many other women. If we as women support each other we can go from strength to strength.”
Tetlanyo Lekalake, Country Marketing Lead for Facebook formed a panel with some of South Africa’s top businesswomen including; Phuti Mahanyele (CEO & Co-Founder of Sigma Capital), Linda Mabhena-Olagunju (MD & Founder of DLO Energy Resources Group), Gugu Nkabinde (CEO and Founder of Gugu Intimates) and Vika Shipalana (CEO and Founder of VBS Luxury) where they talked about their starting point and shared insightful advice. The overall message stood out that women need to practice self-care and realize that taking time for yourself is important. Women need to support and stand by each other.
Melanie Hawken, Founder, and CEO of Lionesses of Africa ended the event by sharing more empowering women’s stories and thanking all the attendees with a final quote to “Be the change.”