NPO pays tribute to leading women

Will Zondo, of Stars of Tomorrow; Khumbuzile Mchunu, from Isango Projects; and Madelein Mkunu, founder and president of Leading Women of Africa.

A Milnerton-based non-profit organisation is building a sisterhood of women on the continent and promoting female leadership.

Founder and president of Leading Women of Africa (LWA), Madelein Mkunu, is a gender and business development strategist who runs the organisation – which boasts former Zambian president Dr Kenneth Kaunda as its patron — from her home in Milnerton.

She believes it is important to celebrate women and their role in society and said that mark Women’s Month, women should continue to be “change agents” on the continent.

“The Africa of tomorrow will be a continent where the continuous impactful role of women will be fully acknowledged. But it will start with today’s women having a dream of a better Africa for the next generation,” said Ms Mkunu.

She started LWA in 2008 as a pan-African network working for the inclusion of more women in the continent’s mainstream economy.

“The celebrations around the country this month are the proof of what women can do when they are united and determined. And we need to continue to strive to see that leadership shining. The network is open to women from all backgrounds, colour, culture and creed,” said Ms Mkunu.

LWA collaborates with different organisations that have similar goals and runs a number of projects around Cape Town.

Visitwww.leadingwomenof for more information.

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