HSBC sponsors Graça Machel Women’s Leadership Retreat

30 August 2012

The second Graça Machel Women’s Leadership Retreat was held at the HSBC headquarters in Johannesburg from 18‐20th May 2012, with sponsorship from HSBC and the Commonwealth Foundation.

The Graça Machel Women’s Leadership Retreat is a cornerstone of the Graça Machel Scholarship Programme, the long‐term goal of which is to network women leaders from across the Southern African Development Community.

Jointly managed by the Canon Collins Trust and the Graça Machel Trust, Graça Machel Scholarships are awarded to outstanding women from southern Africa to pursue postgraduate study.

This Retreat opened with a challenge from Mrs Machel: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Throughout the weekend, scholars worked together to explore this concept. They heard from inspirational women who shared their experience embodying change across sectors and countries, from Mrs Machel’s work with child victims of conflict in Mozambique, to Ory Okolloh using technology as a tool of democracy in Kenya and Professor LenkaBula mainstreaming African knowledge canons into teaching at UNISA.

In the working sessions, scholars used insights from the speakers to establish a network and choose key values to guide it. They then made pledges at individual and group level detailing specifically how they plan to embody these values in their various communities.

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