African Queen of Media, Bonang Matheba is set to be a panellist and moderator at the World Economic Forum taking place in Durban ICC on the 5th May 2017 at 10am on behalf of ONE Campaign.
ONE is a global campaign and advocacy organisation co-founded by Bono and backed by more than seven million people around the world from every walk of life that are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. With 2017’s campaign titled The Making or Breaking point for Africa, the discussion will touch on key points including why: Youth Education, Employment and Empowerment Investments matter today. With another topic at hand; Poverty is Sexiest, the session will focus on the fight to keep girls in school, for them to be awarded the same opportunities for work and just to have a say in their lives than their brothers.
“This topic is very close to my heart, as you know The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund has taken take 10 beautiful young ladies in the spirit to fight the irregularities and unfairness of this world. It is absolutely bizzare that 130 million girls are out of school just because they are girls! We have joined forces and will make things right 1 or 10 girls at a time.”- Bonang Matheba.
Being an advocacy for change and inspired by the “Fees Must Fall” movement, Bonang Matheba has dedicated the rest of her career to taking an African Girl Child to school.
She has started utilising her social media platforms to garner PR for this movement. Matheba is absolutely honoured to be part of the panel with the heavy weights of this world.
“Bonang is one of Africa’s biggest and brightest stars. She is a role model to the African youth, especially women and girls. Her strong commitment towards girl’s education as a means of empowerment is one of her strongest characteristics as she thrives to use her voice to improve our continent.” – Nachilala Nkombo, ONE Africa Executive Director.
The fight against extreme poverty is tied to the fight for gender equality and empowerment, and nowhere is this more evident than in education. Prioritising education is perhaps more urgent now than at any point in recent history.