Absa - Covid-19 - An opportunity to address gender equality
Covid-19 saw a rise in Gender based violence. What role can we effectively play to ensure real gender equality and flatten the curve on Gender based violence?

About The Webinar

Since the lockdown was declared, there has been an alarming rise in gender based violence. Human crises have historically culminated in the creation of new institutions and the affirmation of new leaders. Age-old patriarchal systems, cemented over millennia, have proven to be exceedingly stubborn and adverse to societal development.

This Webinar will seek to discuss among other things:

·         What are the benefits of gender equality?
·         Role of Bretton wood institutions in Gender equality
·         Lack of women leadership, an opportunity cost for humanity?
·         What did Covid-19 show about countries run by females?
·         What radical role can you play to achieve real gender equality?
·         What causes blindness to inequality in society?
·         Inequality in business/ work place.
·         How does the ‘old boys’ network deprive society potential and talent?
·         Money and inequality?
·         Blindness to GBV and its effects on society.  
·         Strategies to address COVID-19 related gender issues that women are               faced with in light  of the changing world of work. 
·         The role of women in the post COVID-19 world
·         Lessons and insights for women in finance/corporate/leadership                            positions
·         Navigating leadership as a women.
·         How to disrupt institutional habits and systems to proactively open                   
opportunities for women and other overlooked groups

What models can we adopt for the next generation?    

  • Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng

    Mamokgethi Phakeng (formerly Setati) began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Previous to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 80 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has won numerous awards for her research and community work, including the Order of the Baobab (Silver) conferred on her by the President of South Africa in April 2016.
    She is a member of the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG); a trustee of the FirstRand Foundation; the South African Student Solidarity Foundation for Education (SASSFE) and the Pearson Marang Education Trust (PMET).
    Kgethi is founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (, a non-profit organisation that started in 2004 and provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.

  • Punki Modise

    Punki Modise is the Chief Financial Officer for the Absa Retail and Business Banking organization, which boasts an annual turnover of R42.5billion. She is dedicated to driving Africa’s growth by leveraging Banking and Finance as key enablers to economic access. Her experience extends across Price Waterhouse Coopers, Fedsure, Standard Bank and Absa. At Absa, she focusses on building a modern Bank of the future where the business agenda operates in an efficient ecosystem to build holistic customer propositions, mining for unrealised revenue streams and building digital sustainability. Currently, she also serves on the following boards; the SBV Services (Pty) Limited Board, the Absa Life Board, the Absa Financial Service Board and the Ford Financial Services Board. She is also instrumental in influencing industry direction in engagements with the South African Reserve Bank and other regulators. Being a keen advocate for gender balance, she is the chairperson of the Absa “Africa Woman in Finance” community. She headed the Diversity Forum in Absa Card driving a strong collaborative engagement agenda. Her passion lies in empowering people in being the best version of themselves and she has been instrumental in the growth of many leaders. She is a qualified CA (SA), a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and holds a Masters degree in Financial Management.

  • Verashni Pillay

    Verashni Pillay is the founder of, a platform with accessible and empowering news for those who don’t usually follow current affairs. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian and HuffPost South Africa, and head of digital at Power FM.  She worked as a senior reporter for years covering politics and general news, specialises in digital media management and relishes the task of putting together the right team to create compelling and principled journalism across multiple platforms. Verashni is a recipient of the CNN African Journalism Award in the digital category, several Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards, an Open Society Foundation journalism fellowship and the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship. She believes Africa’s potential will be unleashed within her generation.

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