POWER GIRL: the year that was

The year is done and dusted, and Power Girl has recognized and celebrated the many achievements that the amazing Batswana women have achieved during the year. Here is a look at some of our most memorable POWER GIRLS under 30 and the goals they have achieved.

 

Moitshepi Matsheng

Matsheng is a 24-year-old social development community leader with sights set high, and a dream of seeing an HIV free generation. At just 22 years old she co-founded Young 1love, an NGO that has since grown into a formidable force, reaching over 40 000 youth. Young 1love seeks to disseminate proven life - saving information by youth for youth in Africa.

The young lady’s community development work was a result of her mother’s death, who passed away from HIV when she was 6 years-old. Having been raised by her grandparents, Matsheng aims to enable youth in Botswana to live the HIV-free life her mother never had.

As the Commonwealth celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday last year, Matsheng was recognised by the Queen for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in her community.

Botswana 50 Change Maker 2016

Queen’s Young Leader Award Recipient 2016

Social entrepreneur

Female leadership advocate

Co-founder of Young 1ove organization,

Researcher at the UB Young Women’s Leadership Project

 

Chaikhwa Lobatse

Disability is not by any means inability. 25-year-old Chaikhwa Lobatse is the proof in the pudding as she has not let her disability deter her from pursuing her dreams and contributing positively to her community. Mma Lobatse, as she is affectionately known is a cancer activist and survivor and also an above knee amputee. She lives by the third Sustainable Development Goal; Good Health and Well being.

 

2016 YALI Mandela Washington Fellow

2017 Queen’s Young Leader award recipient

Founder of Serowe Cancer Support Group

Botswana Youth Awards recipient – Best Youth Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Motivational Speaker

Cancer activist

 

Mmakgosi Tau

Mmakgosi is an ordained minister of God serving at God’s True Gospel Church. Her duties there involve counselling, teaching the word of God and ministering according to the gifts that have been vested in her. She was launched officially as a Mental Health Activist by Honourable Dorcas Makgato on September 8th 2017, a cause that she has devoted her life’s work to support and steer change in.

She has written poems from as early as the age of 10 and the gift expanded into screenplay, stage play, television and short story writing.

Script writing for: Colours (The Drama Series), Property 4U (Television Show) and projects for Mystique Botswana Pictures.

 Film Scholar at AFDA Botswana.

First Motswana Poet to record an ensemble album under the It Has To Be Jazz Project titled “Words Unspoken.”

Graced stages such as Maitisong, Bitter Sweet Poetry in Zambia, GIMC, The Mega Crossover

Performances in Uganda, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria.

Entertained Commonwealth & European Union delegates, Government NGOs for Poetry and Transformational Speaking

 

Mona-Lisa Mungure

Mona-Lisa Mungure is an attorney at the High Court of Botswana. Her passion lies in human rights especially gender related advocacy. With a dream to get involved in policy making that will assist in bringing legal and social reform, Mona-Lisa says she does not believe that there is always justice where there is law. Mona-Lisa is also passionate about various aspects of socio-economic rights and matters that pertain to sustainable leadership. One of her goals, she says, is to implement projects that aim at fostering strong partnerships between the public and private sector, as these will ultimately ensure better implementation of legal policies.

 

Founder of Trust Women Scholar

One Young World ambassador

Global shaper of the Gaborone hub under the World Economic Forum - Vice Curator

Mandela Washington Fellow (2016)

Trust Women Scholar under Thomson Reuters Foundation

Speaker at Women Advancing Africa under the Graca Machel Trust

Founder and Director of Molao Matters

 

Oratile Slave

Slave has a significant number of achievements under her belt which she says are a result of self-motivation, ambition and determination.

An attorney by profession, Slave has found a passion in advocating for and empowering the vulnerable, particularly orphans, and people living with disabilities. Due to her love for working with young people, she does charity work as a volunteer and Assistant Coordinator at Tsogang Trust, a non-profit organisation that supports orphans and other vulnerable children in Mogoditshane.

President of the Phenomenal African Women Botswana chapter, a non-profit organisation that is geared at Inspiring, Celebrating and Empowering African Women

Co-founded of ‘Unami Tetani’ Excellence Award at Our Lady of the Desert Primary School, Zwenshambe Junior School and Masunga Senior School

Co-owner of Crafty Expressions, specialising in hand crafted customer centric wedding, party and shower accessories

Recipient of the 52nd Singapore Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Public International Meeting Fellowship Award (2015), the United Nations Regional Course in International Law (UNRCIL) Fellowship Award (2016), the 52nd Session of the United Nations International Law Seminar Fellowship Award (2016) and the Phenomenal African Foundation Interview Award, which is line with the Agenda 2063 of the African Union (2016).

 

Lebani Mazhani

Lebani is a lawyer and cancer survivor. She is actively using her experience fighting cancer to inspire those who are diagnosed and do not see a way out, to encourage them that like she did, the fight against cancer can be won.

She was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary glands in July 2014. The brave young woman juggled school and medical treatment, finding herself at one point making weekly trips to Johannesburg for treatment and then coming back and attending class the next day.

Through her determination, thirst for knowledge and zeal for life, she managed to complete her law degree and beat Cancer showing a true strength of character.

Cancer Awareness and Education activist

 

Lawyer by qualification

 

 

Published author of a booklet series titled “Facing Cancer from Under a Mask” which details her journey fighting Cancer

 

Public speaker who has spoken on platforms including TedxLyttleton, South Africa and Diamond Divas, Botswana, developing a passion for learning and sharing life experiences which could inspire a life change.