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  • Raygen Magiera

Empowering Women: Challenging Stereotypes and Nurturing Leadership

During a week of enlightening discussions about women's roles in society, I had the privilege of attending two impactful events that delved into the multifaceted aspects of women's contributions. These gatherings not only highlighted the importance of recognizing women's distinct qualities but also challenged stereotypes hindering their journey.

The first event was a Sunday Catholic mass honouring Mary, a revered figure within the Church. Mary's position prompts questions about her veneration, but it's essential to clarify that she isn't worshipped. Instead, she's celebrated as a courageous woman who nurtured a young male destined to influence the world significantly. Sadly, Mary's role is often perceived as a duty, echoing the predicament of countless women worldwide. Many women in power are seen as symbolic "tokens," facing self-doubt due to the imposter complex. This stems from centuries of associating leadership with men and caregiving with women.

The second event showcased Busisiwe Mavusa, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, as a speaker. Mavusa's leadership has faced skepticism due to her gender. Critics questioned her capacity in a male-dominated domain. Her response emphasized self-belief, stressing that one's future is personal truth, uninfluenced by external opinions. This resonates deeply, urging women to overcome verbal barriers and toxic environments, propelling success in their pursuits.

Mavusa highlighted women's multifaceted roles beyond work, including childbearing, nurturing, and shaping morals. These responsibilities often go undervalued.

Together, these events underscore the need to shatter conventional perceptions of women's traits. Qualities like nurturing, caring, and influence are pivotal for societal progress and leadership. Persistent stereotypes demanding rigid, unempathetic leadership hinder women's progression.

These events offered insights into women's leadership journeys. Mary's legacy and Mavusa's story reflect historical narratives and the impact of self-belief. To empower women in leadership, we must embrace their diverse qualities and challenge stereotypes. This journey paves a path toward an inclusive, equitable, and prosperous society for all


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