By Tanya Maswaure
The nation of Honduras has sworn in its first female president following a political crisis that has riddled the country. Fortunately, there is hope amongst the population as Xiomara Castro takes her position as president to pursue social justice and political peace for the future.
Ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by some of the leading ranking platforms around the globe, Roshni Nadar is our female hero of the week. From a media student to a Tech leader, she has repeatedly shown honour, ambition, and determination in all her work. Roshni Nadar has frequently paved the way for women across the globe and continues to lead by example, making her a more than perfect candidate for our heroine of the week.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a renowned mathematician. She holds a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Witwatersrand. She is a highly regarded B1 NR-rated scientist with over, 80 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has been invited to deliver over 40 keynote plenary talks at international conferences, and also as a visiting professor at universities around the world.
By Miracle Nwankwo
Despite the rapid increase of unexpected players emerging in the financial services industry of South Africa, the sector is still largely dominated by men, with only very few women who have the opportunity to participate as employees and no female founder at all. However, with the emergence of Nthabeleng Likotsi – the founder of the first female mutual bank in South Africa, the narrative is about to change for women in the country.
By Walcott Aganu Women in science do seem to find it challenging to be recognized and achieve academic excellence; this is particularly true in sub-Saharan Africa, due to cultural limitations and bias. Early-career female researchers don’t have many female role models for motivation and mentorship. However, this disposition is changing, and one of the names that have led the charge is Ekanem Braide, a professor of parasitology and epidemiology. Professor Ekanem Braide would surely be mentioned when women academics in Nigeria are being discussed. Today, on Amazons Watch, we look through her journey. Education Braide was born in Cross River State, Nigeria in 1946. She studied zoology at the University of Ife before obtaining her Master’s degree in Parasitology (1973), and a Doctorate in Epedimiology, Cornell University, New York (1978). She holds a Certificate in Epidemiological Methods from Southampton University (British Council Course). She is a Fellow and Co-founder, Nigerian…
Adut Akech is a South Sudanese-Australian supermodel who is working with the UN to help refugees.
A former child refugee herself, 20-year-old Akech was recently featured on Time’s 100 Next List (the only model this year). She made her international debut walking for Saint Laurent during Paris Fashion Week, and in 2019, she was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
Dubai-based Shimi Shah was waiting in line at a supermarket check-out when she saw a construction worker – in his overalls – in front of her fumbling with a handful of coins and some notes to pay for the items in his basket. It was obvious he didn’t have enough money for the few things he’d chosen – a packet of crisps, apples, milk and a few packs of fruit juice. He was on the verge of putting some back, staring at the crisps that would surely have to go. Instinctively, she moved forward, telling him to keep them. “I paid for his groceries almost like a reflex action,’’ says Shimi, director of Carousel Solutions, a business consultancy firm. The reason? She is a big fan of the Pay It Forward movement that took off from Catherine Ryan Hyde’s best-seller of the same name, which also spawned the Hollywood hit…