RLabs Women celebrated International Women’s Day with an amazing event at RLabs in Westridge. The themes for this year’s Women’s Day varied between different organisations.

According to International Women’s Day’s website

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.”

This year the theme was Inspire Inclusion. The campaign emphasizes the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. It is a call to action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected. #InspireInclusion

UN Women celebrated under the theme Invest in women: Accelerate progress. #InvestInWomen

“The world is facing many crises, ranging from geopolitical conflicts to soaring poverty levels and the escalating impacts of climate change. These challenges can only be addressed by solutions that empower women. By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all.” – UNwomen.org, 2024. 

RLabs Women in collaboration with Google’s Women Techmakers theme was “Impact The Future”. The Women Techmakers program provided visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

Mandy September Benini and Lucretia Jardini

This event was hosted by Lucretia Jardini, Founder of the Mitchell’s Plain Entrepreneurship Hub. Christine Taphel, CEO of RLabs South Africa, gave the guests a warm welcome as she introduced the theme and the guest speakers for the morning.  

Keynote Speaker, Rene Parker, Director at RLabs, kept us in tune for Women’s Day with a talk titled “Impact The Future”. After some spot prizes the audience was energized and ready for the next speaker, Jessica Randall, an aspiring Kotlin developer, who spoke about Supercharge Koltin Apps and The Power of  In-line Functions. 

Jessica Randall

After a quick Networking activity there was a Q & A session with Mandy September Benini around the topic of Community Management. Mandy is a Meta Community Manager experienced in working with and scaling multi-chapter organisations with a strong online and in-person offering. 

The final speaker of  the day was Delicia Govender, CEO of Push Local Ventures. She spoke about empowering female tech founders in peri-urban South Africa with the tools to unlock green economy global scale-ups. The event closed off with spot prizes, refreshments, and networking.

Delicia Govender

Thank you so much to the attendees and to the teams who made this possible: RLabs Women, Mitchells Plain Entrepreneurship Hub, Google Women Techmakers.

We hope we see you at our next event.

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