As the African proverb says, “you empower a woman, you empower a nation”. Taking this powerful thought forward, the 2nd season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme aims to trigger the possibility of empowering a generation by empowering the women.
Africa continues to be defined by stereotypes: it is poor; it is conflict-ridden; it is starving and dangerous. Subsequently we have come to believe and even been retold our own narrative based on this skewed perception.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Director General, Phil Mjwara announced the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (NEPAD SANBio) as one of the new models of international cooperation to address SA’s key biosciences priority issues in health and nutrition.
In the wake of Rhodes University student activist Khensani Maseko’s suicide after being allegedly raped by her boyfriend, as part of Women’s Month, women from different SADC countries in collective took to the streets to stand in solidarity as part of #Totalshutdown protests.
Investing in good nutrition for the wellbeing of southern African individuals will have a knock-on effect on the economy of the region, say food security researchers.
Sub-Saharan Africa faces extreme challenges in public health, many of which can be addressed through innovative technologies such as fast and cheap diagnostic tests. Innovation in the sector is hindered, however, by poor or non-existent regulations around the testing and use of medical technology. South Africa has recently enacted laws to regulate medical device development, testing, and use; hopefully beginning a trend that will permeate the rest of the region.
It is a well-known fact that women are the backbone of their communities and also play a key role in the economies of their countries. One woman who shares this sentiment is 52- year old Mmakgabatso Shale who has turned her company Eternity Foods into a community wealth-building model to empower other women.