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SLAY Festival goes all out to support women in business

Written by: Elizabeth Kgabane

She Leads Africa (SLA) successfully hosted the business learning and networking event SLAY Festival in Johannesburg this past week, expanding the business knowledge-based initiative that has impacted more than five thousand young professional women in Africa.

SLA in collaboration with the African Union Development Agency hosted the event in support of the One Million by 2021 initiative and helping young women to achieve their professional goals.

The 1 Million By 2021 Initiative aims to reach more than 1 million African youth with opportunities and interventions in employment, entrepreneurship, education and engagement to contribute to the socio-economic development in the continent.

The festival, which was held at Fox Junction Event Venue, had a line-up of panel discussions, networking sessions, masterclasses and local vendors.

Among the comprehensive list of leaders who shared their knowledge was keynote speaker media personality Bonang Matheba, Africa director for Global Citizen Chebet Chikumbu, author and personal finance coach Mapalo Makhu, Head of marketing for Google South Africa Asha Patel, youth activist Zulaikha Patel and others.

Senior programme officer Unami Mpofu led a training session for the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) guidance on how to grow a sustainable business and access funding for businesses.

Women Will, a Grow with Google programme, also hosted private mentorship sessions and masterclasses coaching on career growth for millennial women in the workplace and digital skills required for businesses growth.

Social media was also abuzz with attendees sharing more on gender equality.




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