Delegation of the European Union to South Africa
The impacts of Covid-19 on women and their businesses
About The Webinar
The disruption caused by the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19 global pandemic was an unforeseen stumbling block for the developments made towards gender equality, professional economic parity, Inclusion & transformation, the reduction or eradication of gender-based violence and femicide and the economic empowerment of Africa’s women. While the world struggled to flatten the curve and reduce the rate of infection, a new socio-cultural dynamic took a different form, further complicating the nature of work for women/caregivers.
We are reminded that globally, women represent 70 per cent of the health and social sector workforce, and that on average, women do three times as much unpaid care and domestic work as men. This has long-term consequences for their economic security and overall well-being.
Traditionally, family-based work roles remain largely in the female domain with female members of most families being expected to factor in time to execute their ‘duty of care.’ Suffice it to say, this affects the amount of time spent in focused, income-generating work. How can a nation commercially quantify unpaid care work?
The European Union in partnership with the Mail & Guardian seeks to introduce the realities of Unpaid Care Work in Africa. This discussion between industry experts and thought leaders will demonstrate how these roles have been exacerbated by the social changes and restrictions required to manage Covid-19 and the financial/economic impact on women’s career development and women’s financial freedoms with a view to find viable strategies to foster an inclusive, sustainable economic recovery for South Africa.
Dr Riina Kionka
Dr Kionka arrived in Pretoria in October 2019 to head the EU Delegation to South Africa after having been the chief foreign policy advisor to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk. Prior to this, Dr Kionka was for a number of years the EU’s Special Representative on Human Rights. Dr Kionka started her working life as a journalist at followed by a number of years working for the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that included a period as Estonia’s ambassador to Germany. Dr Kionka holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Columbia University (New York City) while having commenced her academic pursuits with a BA in International Relations and German Literature at Michigan State University.
Yasmin Masithela is the Managing Executive: Transactional Banking, CIB Africa at Absa Group Limited, responsible for the full range of Absa’s world-class range of commercial banking products and services for Corporate and Institutional clients. The portfolio includes Cash Management, Deposits, Trade and Working Capital solutions, Custody Securities and Trustee services, as well as technology enabled domestic and international payment systems.
She joined Absa Group in 2011 as General Counsel for the Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance business before becoming the Group Head of Compliance and a member of the Absa Group Executive Committee in 2014. In 2018 became the Chief Executive for Group Strategic Services – a portfolio that drove the Group’s corporate strategy including the Digital, Human Resources and Culture agenda of the enterprise.
Yasmin is a trained attorney with specialization in corporate and commercial law, and holds a Masters in Tax Law from University of the Witwatersrand. She began her law career as a candidate attorney at Webber Wentzel Bowens Attorneys before moving to manage the financing of major build projects across the SADC region for Siemens Ltd as their Head of Project and Export Finance.
Prior to joining Absa, Yasmin ventured into private practice as a founding partner at Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys responsible for various portfolios of the firm, including Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate law, Structured Financing, Project Finance and Public Private Partnerships Practices.
Anele Siswana is a registered Clinical Psychologist. He is an academic, a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. Anele is an indigenous spiritualist, a divine healer one that operates within the healing space of Xhosa divinity ubugqirha (diviner) no kunyanga ngokwe sintu that is healing firmly grounded on African situated practices which facilitate healing of the mind, body and umoya (spirit).
In both practices as a clinician and academic he integrates Western Psychology and African Situated Spirituality.
This allows him to offer psychotherapy that is deeply located on ideas, methods and energy that has an an appreciation of ‘Situated African Spirituality’ and recognition of Indigenous Healing Modalities.
He heals holistically and helps Africans to make sense of their
sense of identity and understanding of rituals and fundamental
Anele features in an illustrious array of radio shows as a guest feature, TV programmes & various social media platforms. He has also received recognition from noted industry bodies and a number of awards.
Busi Sibeko is an economist and researcher at the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University and a Masters in the Political Economy of Development from SOAS, University of London. Busi’s current research focus is macroeconomic policy, including participatory feminist budgeting. She is a co-Chair of the Budget Justice Coalition which is comprised of 14+ civil society organisations. She also provides research support to the labour constituency. She authored The Cost Austerity: Lessons for South Africa and is a co-author of A fiscal stimulus for South Africa. In 2020, Busi was featured in the roundtable series of renowned economists on Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development by the United Nations Secretary General.
She considers herself a feminist political economist in training and is determined to be a part of unwinding structural injustice.
Lindi Dlamini has 25 years financial services experience spanning short-term insurance, health insurance and medical scheme administration, life insurance, financial planning, fund administration and investments. She has also worked in financial services legal advisory services, compliance and risk management and has served on several Boards of Trustees and corporate boards. She holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Swaziland and an LLM in tax law from Wits University. She has undergone senior leadership training at Manchester Business School and participated in a Global Leadership course at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). She is CEO of the GBVF-Response Fund 1, a private sector led fund set up as part of the national response to gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa.
Marcelle Gordon is an anchor on the television news channel eNCA. She earned her stripes as a field radio reporter at the age of 19 and her media journey has included time at Primedia, Supersport, Kaya FM and Jacaranda FM, where she covered some of the biggest news and sports stories at the time. Breakfast Talk Radio Executive Producer, Sports Presenter, Foreign Correspondent, Editor and TV News Anchor, are just some of the hats she has donned during her career spanning more than 20 years. She was Head of Programming of the original team that took talk radio station PowerFM to air in 2013.
Since the establishment of the European Union Delegation in the country after the first democratic elections in 1994, the EU and South Africa saw rapidly expanded cooperation. Our relations were strengthened in 2007 with the establishment of the EU-South Africa Strategic Partnership, a forward-looking platform that facilitates wide-ranging cooperation between our two parties.
A range of dialogues between the EU and South Africa allow us to share experiences in areas of common interest, or where we face common challenges. Areas covered by these dialogues include education, health, energy, the environment, macro-economic policies, human rights and peace and security including maritime security. Our partnership is broad and comprehensive and covers political, trade and development interests.
Except for consular tasks, the Delegation in Pretoria functions like an embassy; it is a diplomatic mission representing the European Union to South Africa together with the 27 Member States of the European Union. The delegation performs a variety of tasks aimed at enhancing relations between the EU and South Africa.https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/south-africa/729/about-eu-delegation-south-africa_en
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