Born in Westville,a suburb in Durban,nine years after it was declared a whites-only area when Group areas Act No 41 of 1950 was enacted. Dr Judy started out as a medical doctor before changing into business. She is entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist. She is the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and the founding chairman of Mbekani .She is married to Sifiso Nxasana,a South African business executive and accountant. He is the former CEO of Telkom Group and FirstRand Group and was a chairman of NSFAS and is founder of Sifiso Learning Group. Sizwe is also a member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountant
According to myself, some women are allies of patriarchy and that is the truth. I remember entering this diverse environment very overwhelmed and willing to learn. I remember seeking guidance and mentorship from women who have had years of experiences. To my surprise ,instead of being assisted, I was turned down and ignored. The challenge here is that, if you come with the intention of moving up it poses a threat. Again, most women in this sector are broken because they had to work themselves to the top. I later stopped myself from being angry at these women because they need to unlearn the old ways of thinking and misconceptions of mentorship..
It is time we as women play an active role in grooming young leaders for a better Afrika. It is reading books written by Dr Judy Dlamini I understood fully the impact of gender inequalities, race, social class, and intersectionality..
The highlight of this read is that we get to read about some of the failures, highs and victories seen by women in Afrika. We get to tap in our entrepreneurial spirit that has been sleeping and wake it up. I highly recommend that all genders and races read Equal But Different. I loved it.
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