International Women’s Day celebrates the fight for women’s rights. The day's inception dates all the way back to 1909 but the fight for women's decency, security, integrity and respect continues over a century later. While statements like #MeToo and #MenAreTrash keep trending, it is still a battle for women to live life peacefully in South Africa.
Although we can't fix all our problems ourselves, we can if we each take the initiative to do what they can with the resources available to you to uplift the women around them. This goes to celebrities too.
They’re beautiful, powerful, famous and they decided to give back as much as they can. Today it’s International Women’s day, so we decided to celebrate with a few fave celebrities involved in charity and social initiatives...
They say charity begins at home, right? Anele trended on social media when she bought her domestic worker, Florence, an Audi A3 worth R390 000. To be fair, this woman helped raise Anele's son so that Anele could focus on building her career so she definitely deserves to be appreciated. Last year also saw the former talk show host taking on a huge challenge of building toilets for school-going children. Teaming up with Domestos, they took on the project to bring safer ablution facilities for the needy.
Although she has recently been dragged for being a "paid activist", one can't deny that Nomzamo has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives. Nomzamo’s work as a UN ambassador saw her travel to South Sudan to support the civil war refugees. She has also teamed up with the KwaZulu-Natal Social Development Department and the Shoprite #ShareForGood initiative to deliver special packages to families in KwaMashu. When Nomzamo lost her cousin, Carla, to suicide in 2014, she has made it her mission to educate the masses about mental illness. The dress she wore to her graduation featured the South African Depression and Anxiety Group’s (Sadag) toll-free number on it, many fans thanked her for making the conversation reach a mainstream audience.
The media personality has a couple of charitable campaigns under her belt, one of which includes a collaboration with Stop Hunger Now SA, where she designed a range of babygrows and the proceeds went to feed hungry families in the country. In 2008, Jo-Ann started Princess Project. She provides deserving young ladies the chance to go to their matric dance in designer gowns previously owned by other fellow South African celebrities. Jo-Ann is Chairperson of the Partnership Foundation Trust which has provided life and career skills training to over 1,200 disadvantaged students.
In 2014, Bonang made headlines for auctioning some of her most expensive clothes, shoes and accessories on Gumtree. She raised R100 000 and donated it to the Nelson Mandela Children's Foundation. In 2016, Bonang also famously launched the Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund with the aim of sending 300 young black women to university by 2021. Last year, the 31-year-old media personality became the first ever recipient of the 5 For Changemaker Award at this year’s 5 For Change Black Tie Gala charity event.