International women’s day is a global event celebrated annually on March 8 to honour the economic, political, social and cultural achievements and progress made by women across the world. This year is celebrated under the theme “Time Is Now”. #PressforProgress.
Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action, a call to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues, institutions and communities at large to think, act and be gender inclusive.
International Women’s Day is not specific to any country, community, group or organisation, it cuts across collectively everywhere in the world. As AgriAid SA we stand in solidarity with all the fearless women advocating for gender equality in economically deprived and rights entrapped settings. More especially women in rural and agricultural contexts, of which we as an organisation have been directly involved in shaping and changing their health needs.
Let’s come together and be tenacious in accelerating gender equality for all women collectively. #PressforProgress.
Monene Mamabolo: AgriAid SA CEO
Monene Mamabolo: CEO
Today, March 8, 2017, marks International Women’s Day which is celebrated across the world. It comes at a time while this day is observed I am celebrating my work anniversary of just over four (4) years in an executive position.
I remember well four years ago when I was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AgriAid SA. It brings pleasant feelings when I look back at the impact we had in changing the social lives of people, especially the agriculture sector.
Access to health care is a basic right in South Africa and is one of the most important rights enshrined in our constitution under chapter 2. The work we do at AgriAid SA rests on the importance of providing quality health care and wellness services to workers and communities in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sector. Thus to reduce the direct effects of HIV/AIDS and TB on workers in the aforementioned sectors and their beneficiaries.
I have seen AgriAid SA expand into greater heights, although it was unbecoming without challenges and trials to which we have overcome a mammoth of them.
In keeping in line with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Be Bold For Change, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to colleagues, sectors of industry and the many that supported me in making a difference. If I must say, most of my ideas, creative thoughts and dreams would not have succeeded without your unwavering support, assistance and commitment towards the work we do with fellow colleagues, partners and funders.
You have made my journey worth tackling more endeavours, not hiding away and with more appreciation as a young black woman leader.
For much of this, I wish you all a felicitous International Women’s Day, #BeBoldForChange.
Chief Executive Officer