It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown has had an unprecedented effect on lives and businesses of South Africans this year. Its impact has run the gamut from shuttering commercial ventures, to school pupils having to adopt e-learning as a daily requirement, to the country’s economy taking a massive hit.
But amid all of its negative aspects, the pandemic has also demonstrated that the country as well as the globe at large are more hyper connected than they have ever been in the world's history. Not only has this allowed businesses to survive - and in some cases, thrive – it's also allowed students to keep up with their studies, aided healthcare workers in their endeavours to combat the virus and allowed people to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. Crucially, it has also accelerated the digital revolution and allowed experts, entrepreneurs and corporates to pools information, impart learnings and knowledge and provide guidance as the globe adapts to the 'new normal' best practices the pandemic has created.
It's in this spirit of collaboration that Topco Media in partnership with Standard Bank, the Commission For Gender Equality and UN Women have announced the Top Women Global Virtual Conference for Africa, which is set to take place on the 1st and 2nd of October.
As part of the Standard Bank Top Women Conference, this initiative is geared towards kick-starting the global economy by creating a movement through connecting female entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and experts. Speakers and recipients in the past in the past have included Graca Machel, Ma Mbeki, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Phumzile Mlambao Ngquka, Caster Semenya and Thuli Madonsela.
The aim is not only to inspire change by tackling the huge challenges of global poverty and inequality, but to impart knowledge in the form of practical solutions, the construction of think tank networks and to implement a support structure to aspirational women worldwide. To that end, there is an emphasis on gifting attendees with knowledge and strategic tools to help weather the COVID-19 pandemic's impact and the subsequent economic fallout, as well as helping drive growth and trade across the African continent.
The Top Women Global Virtual Conference for Africa is expected to be the biggest world-spanning digital event for women on a global platform, attended by thousands of female entrepreneurs, judges and finalists whose careers and companies have grown exponentially. Using the all-in-one online events platform Hopin, conference participants can attend talks from the speakers, where they can learn, interact, and connect with people from anywhere in the world. The conference is the must-attend event for women with aspirations for business, gender equality and social change on a global scale.
As the Top Gender Empowered Organisation for Corporate Citizenship award winner at last Year's Standard Bank Top Women Awards, Cell C has been invited to participate in this year's Top Women Global Virtual Conference for Africa. Through Cell C's virtual expo stand at the conference, Cell C's Chief Human Capital Development and Transformation Officer, Juliet Mhango, is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion titled "Gender equality through inclusive skills development and employment creation".
"Since its beginnings 18 years ago, Cell C has been committed towards gender equality and inclusion in all walks of life, as well empowering and providing opportunities for women and girls both locally and abroad," says Mhango. "Through initiatives such as Take A Girl Child To Work Day, Cell C's Bursary programme for girl learners and our holistic online educational platform CellCgirl, we are dedicated to driving the advancement of all women in the work place and beyond."
"Cell C is both delighted and honoured to be invited to participate in this year's Top Women Global Virtual Conference for Africa and we thank all of the event's partners for this opportunity to empower and equip women both locally and on a global scale," she says.