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Women’s Month: Facebook inspires South African women with launch of new book

By Juliet Umeh

As part of its contributions to support and inspire South Africa, Social Media Platform, Facebook, has launched a new book, ‘Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business.

According to the social media platform, the book is heroing the careers, lives and life lessons of 13 inspirational South African business women and changemakers.

Celebrating the positive impact these women are having within society and across their respective fields in entertainment, law, retail, beauty and food, they share their advice and life lessons for future leaders and changemakers of South Africa.

Each chapter focuses on an insightful and personal lesson hoping to resonate and inspire the future generations; from how to turn your passion into a business, to how a perceived weakness can be a strength.

The book, featuring bespoke commissioned artwork by three South African female artists – Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Nontokozo Tshabalala and Zinhle Sithebe, includes stories from women such as Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Mogau Seshoene (The Lazy Makoti), Professor Thuli Madonsela, Catherine Constantinides and many more.

The Regional Director, Facebook Africa, Nunu Ntshingila, said: “Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business has been created to not only hero the women making a positive impact in our society, but to inspire future leaders.

These women are making a difference in their communities, from starting social movements that change the world, through to businesses that positively impact their local communities.

This Women’s Month, we continue to celebrate the achievements of all women, but also acknowledge the gender entrepreneurship gap and under-representation of women leaders.

We hope the stories and life lessons inspire the next generation with possibilities that their futures hold.”

Women featured in ‘Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business’:

Nomzamo Mbatha (actress and philanthropist); Mogau Seshoene (chef and author); Bonang Matheba (media personality and entrepreneur); Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe (doctor and entrepreneur); Rabia Ghoor (entrepreneur); Siba Mtongana (chef and entrepreneur); Professor Thuli Madonsela (advocate and academic); Glenda Ramathavha (entrepreneur); Catherine Constantinides (environmentalist and humanitarian); Keitumetse Qhali (director, writer, producer); Reabetswe Ngwane (entrepreneur); Precious Thamaga-Mazibuko (entrepreneur and CEO) and Palesa Mokubung (fashion designer).

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