[WITH GALLERY & STORIFY]: The Third Annual Ubuntu Sessions

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The third annual Ubuntu Sessions was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday 28th August 2014 where men and women were invited to discuss the Colours of a woman – The Changing Roles of Women 20 Years into Democracy.

The aim of the event was to evoke productive discussion around he several roles women for fill in society today compared to two decades before. Of the guests who attended the Ubuntu Sessions were some key speakers.

Mapaseka Mokwele – manages to balance being a mother, news presenter; wife and business woman, all while sharing insights into topics such as relationships, health, sexuality and home life. She is a seasoned radio host and now an award winning radio presenter. She says the colours of a woman is what makes a woman who she is, therefore it should be embraced that much more.

Batya Raff – A designer, Problem Solver and Creative Librarian. Director of Moad Beta which focuses on bringing South Africans together to solve South African problems. The space is also a platform to showcase Makers, as the work produced in this space is then exhibited within Moad.

She says, “I want to make sure that creative’s are using their abilities to find solutions that are relevant, sustainable, and of course beautiful. I love my city, my country, my continent and I am privileged to be in a position where I see true innovation all around me.”

Mbuyiselo Botha – Was active in the anti-apartheid struggle as a leader in South African Civics Movement, especially in his home community of Sharpeville. Mbuyiselo co-hosts weekly talk shows on many commercial and community radio stations, reaching millions of listeners each week. He is also a regular contributing columnist in many of South Africa’s leading newspapers.

He is the proud father of three children, one boy and two girls and a grandfather to three boys. He says, “Women must be sympathetic to patriarchy because men today are victims to what happened yesterday”.

Catherine Constantinides – LEAD SA Executive, Archbishop Tutu African Oxford Fellow, Executive Director of Miss Earth in SA. She focuses much energy and time on youth and women development, leadership and skill transfer. Last month she was included in the South African, Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans list.

Constantinides questioned women and they part they playing by asking, “We have very progressive gender acts in SA but where is the will behind this?”

Kaya FM gave a vote of thanks before people exited the auditorium and indulged in further discussion over wine.

Click here to view the full Storify of the event.

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