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Nezha Hayat, is the founder and deputy chair of the Association des femmes’ chefs d’ enterprises du Marocis pacesetter in leadership. She believes that leadership cannot be fully explained without it being expressed by a woman, therefore, she relentlessly pushes for more women to play decision-making roles in the Moroccan economy. This desire for leadership was propelled by her background, growing up in an environment that supports financial independence at an early stage, regardless of the gender. 

Association des femmes’ chefs d’ enterprises du Maroc; is the first women’s professional association to obtain the certificate of ISO 9001 in 2008 for its activities. The Association was founded on 28 September 2000 and operates with determination and selflessness in promoting female entrepreneurship in the country.

Her desire to showcase the outstanding leadership traits in women led to the creation of “Le Club des femmes administrateurs au Maroc” in 2012, which helps to promote women in corporate boards. She was brought to the spotlight as a trailblazer in a competitive patriarchal system when she became the first woman on board of a major bank in Morocco; Morocco’s Capital Market Authority.

Hayat graduated from ESSEC Paris (An international higher education institution located in France). In1984, after her graduation from ESSEC Hayat started her career in Spain where she functioned in a few management positions before returning to her home country Morocco, in 1993. She also held a leadership position as a deputy director of Banque Nationale de Paris offshore unit in Tangier 1993. She is a founding member and Vice-Chair of AFEM (the Moroccan Association of Female Company Senior Executives). In Spain, she served at the international division of Banco Atlantico, responsible for international risks and restructured debt portfolio. She served in this capacity from 1985 -1988.

In 1999, she was elected President of the Association of stockbrokers in Morocco during two mandates.  She was also nominated as a global leader for tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2001.

Hayat being a woman with a consistent passion for service was appointed as president of the AMMC back in February 2016 by King Mohammed VI. Until her nomination, she worked at Société Générale Morocco group and in 2007, she became the first woman on a management board of a bank in the country.

Hayat also serves on the executive board of the Banque SocieteGenerale in Morocco. She is the founder of Morocco’s club of women corporate directors. She is the chairperson and CEO of the Moroccan Capital Market Authority. As the chairperson, she led her company to launch guidelines on corporate social responsibility and Environmental, Social Governance which was aimed at helping and encouraging companies to pursue sustainable development; thereby fulfilling the passion she has always had to give back to the society.

Hayat was also elected vice-president of the Regional Committee for Africa and the Middle East (AMERC) of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). From 1988 to 1990, she was in charge of the department of corporate finance in two brokerage houses in Madrid (Inverfinanzas and then Bravo y Garayalde), while she moved to private banking activities in 1990 as the branch manager of Banco inversion in Marbella. She was chairperson and CEO of Sogelease (Société Générale Morocco group

Her desire to spearhead a global change in female leadership inspired the force towards every step of leadership she took as she continues to remain an epitome of excellence in female leadership.

Nezha Hayat is a true Amazon, Mirroring Excellence in Female Leadership on corporate boards.

The South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA), an annual celebration of women in science and technology, coordinated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) took place on the 23rd of August, 2018 in Limpopo. The awards profile women scientists and researchers who serve as role models for younger women, and encourage and reward younger women who have begun their careers as researchers and scientists.

The theme for the 2018 SAWiSA event was “100 Years of Mama Albertina Sisulu: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

Prof. Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi

Professor Mavhandu-Mudzusi is currently a Professor in the Department of Health Studies and the Chairperson of the Research Ethics Committee of the College of Human Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Venda.

Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi’s main research objectives centers on the reduction of new HIV infections, and the improvement of the quality of life of people living with HIV in rural universities. Integral to these objectives is the work that Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi does in advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) students. This shift has led Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi to develop an advocacy, care and support model for LGBTIQ students, and a management model for staff and students living with HIV. The implementation of these models has assisted in economically empowering both women living with HIV, and homosexual and gender non-conforming women in the changing world of the workplace.

With an NRF C3 rating, Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi is the author of 29 peer-reviewed publications, a book chapter, and 23 peer-reviewed conference papers. She is involved in a multi-country and multi-university project entitled “Destabilising Heteronormativity in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) institutions of Higher Education”. Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi is the principal investigator in a collaborative cross-national research project with the University of Liège, and Alliant International University, on the attitudes of heterosexual university students towards same-gender marriage and parenting. Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi has successfully supervised 3 PhDs and 15 Masters students and is currently supervising 10 Ph.D. and 10 Masters students at UNISA, in addition to mentoring 2 doctoral students in the new Generation of Academics’ Programme (nGAP) at Sefako Makgato and Limpopo Universities.

A professional nurse, registered with the South African Nursing Council, Prof. Mavhandu-Mudzusi is a Make-up Art Cosmetics AIDS Fund Leadership Initiative Fellow of the University of Columbia, University of California (Los Angeles) and Human Sciences Research Council. She is the guest editor for two journals, as well as a reviewer for several international and local journals and conferences.

Professor Colleen Downs

Winning the natural sciences category was Professor Colleen Downs. She is currently a full professor of Zoology in the School of Life Sciences, and a University Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Pietermaritzburg campus. Prof. Downs holds an NRF SARChI Research Chair in Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity in KZN and the E. Cape. She holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Natal, now UKZN.

Prof. Downs is a terrestrial vertebrate biologist with broad and interdisciplinary research interests. These include conservation, ecology, physiology, and behaviour of terrestrial vertebrates (herps, birds, and mammals) in unpredictable environments and with changing land use. Prof. Down’s other interest is science education, particularly problems experienced by Biology students and development of strategies to address such problems. Her other contribution has been in the development of research capacity, particularly at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Prof. Downs is the author of over 264 international peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters.  Prof. Downs has established a strong interdisciplinary research group at UKZN, and currently supervises 15 Ph.D. and 16 MSc students, and mentors 5 postdoctoral fellows. She has successfully supervised 35 Ph.D. and 46 MSc students. Prof. Downs has also supervised exchange students from Reunion, Konstanz, John Hopkins Liverpool, and Amsterdam Universities.

Professor Tricia Naicker

Professor Tricia Naicker is University of KwaZulu Natal’s youngest Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences and Academic Leader (HOD) for the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Prof. Naicker completed her Ph.D. in an area (asymmetric organocatalysis) that was the first to be explored in Africa.  Prof. Naicker’s fully published thesis and academic efforts won her the 2011 DST Women in Science doctoral fellowship. Her research outputs endorsed the prestigious Oppenheimer postdoctoral award, which she pursued at Aarhus University, Denmark under the guidance of world-renowned leader Prof. KA Jorgensen (H- index 90); Prof. Naicker was the first candidate from the African continent to be accepted into this esteemed research facility.

She was appointed as a senior lecturer at UKZN in 2013. Based on her specialized expertise and being the pioneer in the field, the highly-ranked Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit at UKZN commenced collaboration with her as the first women to join their team. After a short time, Prof. Naicker has become a principal investigator in the unit and took over the leadership of the synthetic division for drug discovery.  She has thus far secured more than R5M in funding as main/co-applicant and has graduated 10 MSc and 4 Ph.D. students as main/co-supervisor. She is currently supervising 5 MSc’s, 3 Ph.D.’s students and mentoring 3 postdoctoral fellows. Prof. Naicker currently has a remarkable 72 international peer-reviewed publications. In addition, she serves as an editor for the South Africa Journal of Chemistry. She maintains the importance of active research by the mentorship of younger academics/postgrads by initiating collaborations (local and international) with emerging researchers as well as school learners to further their studies. Her current research interests are focused toward method development in organic synthesis of biologically important intermediates/drugs within the field of antibacterials.
This work has led to a patent of innovative new molecules targeting drug-resistant bacteria which is currently a severe global epidemic.

The DST is also committed to ensuring that the next generation of scientist and researchers are well trained and supported. The annual awards include categories that reward outstanding student talent.

The star performers included

Miss Keneilwe Hlahane

Keneilwe Hlahane obtained her BSc Geology degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).  Miss Hlahane further went on to complete a BSc Honors degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled as a Masters student in GIS and Remote Sensing at the same university.

Miss Hlahane’s MSc research forms part of the Earth Observation National Eutrophication Monitoring Project which is led by CyanoLakes (Pty) Ltd and funded by the South African Water Research Commission.  Miss Hlahane’s Master’s project focuses on Monitoring Eutrophication using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing in the Vaal River, Gauteng. Eutrophication is a water pollution problem that deteriorates water quality. Miss Hlahane’s research is important because it aims to find new methods of studying the water quality in rivers, and the study will present new methods of monitoring water quality using data obtained from remote sensing satellites. She has presented preliminary results of her MSc dissertation to the Rand Water Board and the Water Research Commission (WRC).  She has also assisted as a GIS intern in a project assessing the Acid Mine Drainage pollution at Tweelopiesspruit, Westrand, South Africa.

Miss Hlahane has been awarded the GIS ESRI Young Scholar Award 2017 for South Africa. As the winning young scholar, Miss Hlahane presented her research at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, United States of America, July 2017. She represented Esri South Africa at a special exhibition at the conference for leading students from around the world who have shown excellence in research associated with using GIS Esri software

Miss Hlahane has published and contributed to a book chapter entitled Management and Mitigation of Acid Mine Drainage. Miss Hlahane’s work has also been published in Science Today magazine, in an article “Every drop counts, watching water from space”. The article was selected as part of the best postgraduate science writing 2016 competition.

Miss Hlahane has also been awarded student conference scholarships to present her MSc work at the International Symposium of Remote Sensing of the Environment, Tshwane, South Africa in May 2017.

She was awarded a scholarship to participate in a summer school by the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) 2016, together with scholars from various universities such as the University of Copenhagen, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge. The course presented sustainable water management in Africa. Miss Hlahane has also been awarded several student conference scholarships to present her MSc work, at the International Symposium of Remote Sensing of the environment, Tshwane, South Africa in May 2017.

Have you ever wondered why your skin feels so dry even after thoroughly moisturizing it? You begin to notice the presence of patchy white spots and flaky dead skin cells. If this is the case, re-moisturizing is only going to save you for a few minutes. The ultimate secret to a glowing skin is exfoliation.

WHAT IS EXFOLIATION?

Exfoliation is the process of removing dead, keratinized skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. It leaves the skin feeling smoother and fresher and therefore, makes it easier for skin products like serums, oils, and lotions to be absorbed into the skin’s surface. We often tend to skip this essential step of our beauty routine forgetting that it is just as important as deep cleansing and moisturizing. Exfoliation is especially of great benefit to those with oily skin. In addition to smoothing, improving skin tone and enhancing skin’s receptiveness to oil-controlling ingredients, exfoliation helps rid oily skin of dulling skin cells to help keep skin supple and clear.

TYPES OF EXFOLIATION

There are two main types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical – and the method you choose should be determined by your skin type. Mechanical exfoliation uses a tool, such as a brush or sponge, or a scrub to physically remove dead skin cells while chemical exfoliation uses chemicals with an acid or enzyme-based formula such as alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid or beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) such as salicylic acid to gently dissolve dead skin cells.

To prevent skin damage, take note of the following important tips:

  • Choose a method that suits your skin type: If you have a dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin, use a mild chemical exfoliator, as mechanical exfoliation may irritate your skin. Oily and thicker skin types can go for stronger chemical treatments or mechanical exfoliation. Avoid chemical or mechanical exfoliation if you have cuts, burns, injuries or acne breakouts.
  • Be gentle: If you decide to use a scrub or a chemical exfoliator, gently apply the product in small, circular motions. Do this for a few seconds, and then rinse off with warm water. If you use a sponge, use short light strokes.
  • Moisturize: Exfoliation can dry out the skin. Lock in moisture with your favourite moisturizer immediately after exfoliating to keep your skin soft, healthy and hydrated.
  • Do not over exfoliate: It is best to exfoliate twice a week. Over-exfoliation can damage the skin. If your pores are severely clogged or you suffer from acne breakouts, you can exfoliate up to three times a week.

BENEFITS OF EXFOLIATION

  • It reveals a healthy, glowing skin:

When applying makeup over the dead skin, the surface begins to look uneven. As a result, your skin may appear flaky and patchy and even feel very rough in texture. By gently exfoliating dry skin cells, the skin will appear to feel smoother and look refreshed because it involves eliminating the old skin cells.  This will definitely also even out and improve the tone of your skin. Because exfoliating removes dead skin cells as well as dirt and makeup, it makes your skin tone brighter and all glowed up! Your face will get a nice little glow. “In addition to revealing fresh skin cells, exfoliating removes dead cells from pores, making them appear smaller,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a Manhattan dermatologist. Makeup also looks better, says Stalina Glot, an aesthetician at Haven Spa in New York City. “It’s like sanding a wall before you paint.” The other major perk of exfoliation is: “Removing the buildup enhances your skin’s ability to absorb everything else, from acne medicine to anti-aging serum,” Dr. Nazarian stated.

  • It reduces acne and breakouts:

Exfoliating helps to manage breakouts and acne. Many of us understand the importance of cleansing our skin with anti-breakout products but underestimate exfoliation. It helps unclog your pores and keep your skin clean, which in turn prevents you from getting acne. This is because clogged pores trap body oils under the surface of the skin, which leads to acne breakouts. A deep exfoliation will help unclog your pores from excess oil. It is important to consider that breakouts and acne are not only caused by external factors such as makeup and dirt. Therefore, if the excess oil and dirt is removed from the root of the cause, the number of breakouts will most likely reduce. A number of other factors can also cause acne problems. For instance, hormones are often major determinants of the health of the skin. Unhealthy diet, as well as stress, can also cause an increase in acne and breakouts which can be really unappealing. Regular healthy eating and detoxification can help in eliminating acne.

  • Exfoliation fights the aging process:

Exfoliating gives you a more radiant, youthful look. Old skin cells tend to exaggerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Although, the skin naturally sheds dead cells (a process known as desquamation), its ability to do it slows down as we get older. Exfoliating can aid the process and hide some of the evidence that we are getting older. Also, when you apply makeup over dead skin cells, the makeup will not blend into the surface of the skin properly. It will only sit on top and appear in layers. By removing dead skin cells, wrinkles and lines are less-exaggerated. Exfoliating combats or at least hides it for a longer period. Help your skin age more gracefully by exfoliating on a regular basis.

  • Allows for better absorption of skin care products:

Spending a lot of money on expensive skin care products and not benefiting from them can be really upsetting. We all have experienced this at some point in our beautiful journey. This is because we have layers of dead skin piled up. If the pores are clogged, your skincare products will not be able to successfully penetrate the deeper layers of your skin and provide your skin with the much-needed nourishment.

Without exfoliation, all other steps in your beauty and skincare routine will not be as effective as they ought to be. Don’t forget to exfoliate!

 

By Adebola ADUWO
(Bsc. Human Physiology)

 

 

 

Research has proven that most women who have successfully navigated to the top in a patriarchal dominated system have suffered an endless struggle with confidence no matter how intellectually sound they might be. In S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), women’s confidence has long been under assault from implications and overt insults that women are less likely to succeed, and even suggestions that “innate” differences between men and women make women less suited for S.T.E.M careers. Could this account for the reason why fewer than 2 in 10 women in S.T.E.M who have achieved success, have a report of being extremely confident in their abilities?

For any level of success to be attained in life, the role of confidence as a key ingredient cannot be overemphasized. Since confidence has been discovered as the best weapon every woman in STEM must be armed with, it is of great importance to note the following 7 confidence-boosters for women in S.T.E.M.

  1. The use of Female Mentors and Coaches: A wise saying goes that those who seek the path to success have found it easily by standing on the shoulders of people who have had countless success stories in their lives. The presence of successful female mentors and Coaches in S.T.E.M will help upcoming women in the field pattern their careers with ease. Female mentors ignite the aspiration to pursue S.T.E.M related careers since they protect issues related to women to boost their confidence. Geraldine Richmond, the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon realizing the importance of women in S.T.E.M, plays a great role in mentoring women in Science. She co-founded the Committee on the Advancement of Women in Chemistry, through this program she helps to facilitate growth through professional development and networking events held each year for women scientists and engineers around the country. Making available mentorship programs and female mentors can go a long way to motivate the upcoming women in S.T.E.M and also give them the opportunity to mentor others. In order to support mentorship, it is necessary that young women are exposed to more female professors teaching STEM-based classes as this would encourage them to not give up and would give them someone to go to for advice and mentorship.

  2. Placing Women in Leadership Positions of S.T.E.M Organizations:  Established women in STEM should not be relegated to the background when leadership roles are being assigned in S.T.E.M organizations.  A current report states that women only hold 24% of S.T.E.M related positions though earning potential is much higher in those roles. Delegating leadership positions and responsibilities to women do not only boost their confidence but gives them the opportunity to embrace their full potentials. Lack of women in leadership positions in S.T.E.M related organizations impedes on the entire confidence of women in S.T.E.M. To balance and improve scientific creativity and innovations in the world, the gender gap in leadership, in science-related fields must be adequately filled by women with outstanding leadership qualities, who are can serve as capable hands in those fields.
  1. Building Systems on how they can manage both the home and their jobs:  It is true that time spent on a particular art, determines the level of confidence developed at it. Every career woman has always sought for possible means by which she can remain top notch in her job and home but each of these demand time.  In order for a woman in S.T.E.M to maximize her ability to be innovative, creative and relevant in the already existing patriarchal system; processes must be put in place to cater for the highly demanding aspect of her life, which is the home. For women in S.T.E.M, mechanisms like long maternity leaves should be considered as one of their rewards. Also, flexible working hours should be made available for women with dependent kids as this will provide the ease in managing their homes as well as grant them the desired satisfaction in their career.   

  1. Creating Job Opportunities for Women in S.T.E.M:  Supporting women who have nursed dreams to belong to S.T.E.M related organizations by creating jobs that accommodate women in S.T.E.M will go a long way to boost the confidence of these women.  Young female graduates will be encouraged to go into science related fields when they are assured of good job opportunities after their study. Government and S.T.E.M related organizations should carve out pathways that lead for more women jobs in S.T.E.M. The inferior complex experienced by women in S.T.E.M could get widened if the gender gap of employment opportunities in S.T.E.M related jobs is not breached. Closing the gender gap in the S.T.E.M field can help connect millions of young women to high-quality jobs thereby giving women an opportunity to create a strong economy in the field of Science and technology.

  1. Celebrating the Success Stories of Women in S.T.E.M:  Nothing boosts confidence more than the reward for an achievement. The women in S.T.E.M must be seen amongst the population that solves today’s real-life problems for a better tomorrow.  Celebrating the successful inventions and innovations of women in S.T.E.M can help them keep their shoulders high as well as eliminate the feeling of inferiority complex which may come with belonging to a male-dominated organization, thereby, giving them the assurance that they are seen, heard and recognized by the world’s majority. Highlighting the successful inventions of women in STEM is a great way to place these women in the spotlight, which will, in turn, reproduce superb confidence in them as well as inspire the upcoming generation of women in STEM.  Celebrating the success stories of women in S.T.E.M will afford these women the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and offer their advice to other women who look up to them as role models and mentors. Both government and private S.T.E.M organizations must take up the responsibility of celebrating these women who have given themselves to support the scientific development of the nation.
  2. Promote Unionism for women in S.T.E.M:  Organizations and Unions should be set up for these women in S.T.E.M. These organizations will be able to cater for the financial needs of the women in S.T.E.M and also serve as a meeting point for all the women in S.T.E.M.
  3. The Creation of Private Sponsorship Programs: Sponsorship programs funded by S.T.E.M organizations should be organized to hold scholarships for female students studying S.T.E.M related courses in tertiary institutions. The awarding of these scholarships will encourage, enhance the chance of the female population to venture into S.T.E.M related practices and fields. It will also establish a cordial relationship amongst the various S.T.E.M companies and S.T.E.M academic institutions.

If we are going to have more women in S.T.E.M, then the female population represented in S.T.E.M organizations have to be showcased and placed at the center stage as icons to be reckoned with, and this may only be made possible if the above confidence boosters for women in S.T.E.M is applied or put in place.  The present women in S.T.E.M have become pacesetters and pathfinders for the upcoming generation of women who have conceived within, the desire to change tides in Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

By Splendor Eloke- Young

 

Everyone has a story but the stories that are never forgotten are those ones that have an impact on people and societies. In recent times, philanthropy has proven to be a sure way of making an impact because it goes beyond helping people and as far as advancing a society and building a nation.

Very few persons have come to understand this and they are running with this vision. While others still see it as giving to the poor, these ones are looking forward to a future where the world will be rated very low in terms of poverty.

These great personalities are represented in diverse ethnic groups, tribes, nations, and regions, and the inspiring tales written about them can make anyone want to go the extra mile.

One of such kinds is the story of Jillian Haslam, a British entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist, who was born and raised in India.

Jillian grew up in one of the slums in Kolkata, amongst 12 children born by Roland Terrance Haslam and Margaret Althea Haslam.

They are of the British descent but ended up in the worst kind of poverty because of her father’s love for the Indians and their culture.

Unfortunately, it turned out that Terrance’s love was not reciprocated as the Indians were yet to forget the struggles and pains they encountered during the British colonization.

After India gained independence, they became uncomfortable with the British presence in their country, at a later year; all Britain’s were asked to leave after the Partition in 1947. At that time, Terrance served as a captain in the British Army and has grown fond of the people and their way of living, he decides to stay back to raise his children with values of the country that he held in high regard. Unknown to him, he was making a wrong decision which would lead his family into abject poverty.

Things turned from bad to worse and to worst for the family, so baby Jillian had to grow up in the midst of excruciating poverty, unlike what most in any Western nation can fathom.

Although Britain, they were not accepted by the people, in fact, no Indian organization was interested in giving Jillian’s father a job, and as a result, their financial struggles expanded and they ravaged in poverty.  

They had to suffer starvation, diseases and health crises and as time went by, death called, she lost four (4) of her siblings.

Her story is very touching but the interesting part is that it didn’t end there because in the midst of all those challenging experiences, a woman with a dedicated heart for philanthropy born. The family situation got worsened by the day and it was very pathetic. However, something significant caught her attention which had to do with the help people offered at some point.

It takes a kind-hearted person to recognize any form of help as an act of love no matter how big or small.

Having gone through all those pain and struggles she knew she could only move forward by forgiving others, so she forgave all who had tormented her and was grateful for the help they had given in the midst of it.

Jillian managed to finish her secondary education from St. Thomas Girls School, at age 17. She soon moved to Delhi to stay with her elder sister who had managed to get a job as a secretary in a private company.

She also took a secretarial course and in 1990, she got a job in a private company on a monthly salary of Rs 900.

After a year, she got another job with a German firm at a payment of Rs 1,500 and she moved her mother who was now suffering from cancer to Delhi. She lost her mother  soon after, leaving them behind with their father.

Following her late mother’s health crisis, Jillian was caught up in huge debt; she had taken a year salary in advance in order to pay for her mother’s treatment. After the death of her mother, she had to work as a singer in restaurants for a whole year in order to pay the company back and sustain herself and two of her siblings.

Fortunately, in 1995, something cheering happened to Jillian. She was selected by Bank of America as an executive secretary to the CEO Ambi Venkateswaran, amongst 250 job aspirants who came for the interview.

Having joined the bank, she became active in the bank’s charitable department, her passion and skill quickly distinguished her, and before long she was made President of the Charity and Diversity Network in India for Bank of America, leading their work in four different cities.

In a short time, Jillian had made so much that she was able to move her family from India to Britain.

Things began to turn from sour to sweet and she was excited that the dream of giving back to the society will become a reality in a very short time.

She first founded a coaching and training company in the UK and she was involved in various avenues of philanthropy.

Eventually, Jillian took charge of the Remedia network of charities, which operates majorly in India and the UK.

The Remedia’s motto is, “Lifting the poor from every generation,” and it covers all age bracket from youngest infants to the oldest adults who had no health care and no one to cater for them.

The system was becoming overwhelming, being burdened by the huge amount of needs of the various people it was catering for, Jillian got involved with the system because she wanted to help move it forward.

The Remedia operates like a network, with different branches targeting specific segments of society, including the elderly, the disabled, children, young adults, girls, and women.

She has been dedicated to the system, operating the charities in India and the UK in collaboration with others who are a part of Remedia. She funds the charity with the money generated from her book sales, her motivational speaking and training seminars, and from donors and supporters.

Jillian often visits India, and the poor in other nations and the UK, to meet and spend time with them face to face. She touches them, laughs with them, listens, cries, and then she acts – finding a way to give a chance for a better life to the ones who have no chance.

In 2017, she was recognized and honored with the Mother Teresa Award. The award means so much to her and it is more humbling than others that she has received because it reminds her of the childhood days when she and her family were actually helped by Mother Teresa’s charities. They were on the receiving end of the life-sacrificing generosity of the greatest saint of the 20th century. And now, she’s been honored with an award named after Mother Teresa for her own philanthropic work in the same country.

Meanwhile, her impact has been seen and felt in the lives of many and she has also been honored with various philanthropy awards on almost a yearly basis. Some of her biggest honors include:

Asia Woman of the Year 2012, 1st Runner Up

Star Recognition Award 2015, UK

True Legend Award 2015, The Telegraph

Mother Teresa Award 2017

Hello, Kolkata Humanitarianism Award 2016.

There is nothing wrong with acts of philanthropy that are done because of wealth earned by an enterprising husband, or from a big inheritance, or from a compelled individual who has made great wealth on her own and is prompted to give back to the society, but Jillian is on a mission to see the injustice of poverty end for as many people as possible who still live today like she did all through her childhood.

By Miracle NWANKWO

 

iTBra is a smart bra developed by Cyrcadia Health, that detects the early signs of breast cancer. The bra uses heat sensors to measure the woman’s circadian temperature, detecting if there have been any sudden changes which might indicate a problem or abnormal development within the breast cells. An examination using the iTBra takes between two and 24 hours, and only requires a woman to wear the bra. It’s less intrusive and embarrassing than a physical exam, and something that can be easily accomplished while going about one’s daily business. Results are then sent to the wearer’s smartphone or PC for later consultation.

The iTBra, which is at a prototype stage, and now trialling the system with the Ohio State University and the Medicine X group at Stanford. This is because this technological method of detecting early signs of breast cancer remains untested and iTBra manufacturers, Cyrcadia Health require the studies to back up its system.

So far it has already been tested on 500 patients in which it proved to be 87% accurate, slightly higher than mammograms at 83%.

The iTBra was also the subject of a documentary titled Detected which screened at SXSW 2015.

Source: Wearable