Mbokodo Awards 2017
The Mbokodo Awards, an event to recognise women who have shown leadership, fostered growth and made efforts to strengthen the arts
The awards are indeed a unique platform that consolidates the incredible work done by South African women through honouring their immense contribution in the fields of arts and culture.
Message from the convenor and producer of Mbokodo Awards
A heartfelt thank you to all of you who have supported us on this journey of building the Mbokodo Awards. As I reflect on the first meeting with then Minister Mashatile and his DG S'bu Xaba- I am reminded of the many men I assumed would not understand the compelling argument of the stupidity of ignoring more than half of the population because of gender. Little did I know that our dear country was already rich with examples of men who understood their role as feminists for a better society, a better country and indeed for the betterment of humanity as a whole. In this year of O.R Tambo, I wish to begin with my husband Edward Bouwer who has indulged my whims as a driven woman and say thank you for being the immediate champion for women in my life everyday! Thank you for providing our son with the best example of how to be a man in a world that does not always reflect the best examples.
As we bid goodbye to the 16 days of activism, I reflect on our trip to New York at the closing of United Nations General Assembly earlier this year where together with the UN Under-Secretary and the UN Women Executive Director Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka.