ONE.org and UJ join forces to raise awareness and launch the “Poverty is Sexist” campaign
Statistically, women and girls are the most affected by poverty and the lack of development. Tuesday 8 March 2015 marked International Women's Day, to create awareness around poverty, and the 'Poverty is Sexist' campaign, in partnership with ONE.org, was launched at the Indaba Conference Centre in Johannesburg.
More than 200 ONE members, government officials, stakeholders and media representatives came together at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Johannesburg for the launch of the campaign. The University of Johannesburg and ONE were joined by action/2015, African Monitor, World Vision, UNASA and UN Women, as well as the Miriam Makeba's Home for Girls, which offers refuge and support to abused and vulnerable girls in South Africa. Over 75 UJ students were among the attendees, all of whom were inspired to join the fight as fully-fledged ONE members in the future.
The event was hosted by Penny Lebyane, and two of the artists who contributed to the ONE charity single Cocoa Na Chocolate, Vusi Nova and Nancy G, entertained those present. Some representatives from the Miriam Makeba Home for Girls also performed. Dr Sipho Moyo gave the keynote address, reminding the audience that as 2015 was named the African Union's Year of Women Empowerment, it is the perfect opportunity to promote the advancement of humankind by insisting on policy interventions by our African governments that promote and ensure equal opportunities for women and girls. Amongst the event's prestigious guests were Ayanda Mvimbi from UN Women, representatives from the Mayor of Johannesburg's office, Chief Directors from the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Minerals and Energy, and senior officials of the University of Johannesburg.
The event was ONE's first collaboration with the University of Johannesburg, a precursor to an extended youth engagement programme that ONE is currently developing.