By Lwazi Nongauza
Activator Isasiphinkosi Mdingi has raised the African continent as she scooped the prestigious Young Emerging Leaders Award which was held at the Department of State in USA on the 2nd of May 2018.
The annual awards ceremony is meant to acknowledge the outstanding leadership achievements of young people from all of over the world who are involved in building peace, combating extremism, empowering youth, driving youth economic participation and growth.
Some of Mdingi’s achievements include playing a key role in drafting anti-rape and sexual assault culture policy proposal document and robust engagement with South African Minister of Social Development on how to curb all forms of gender violence at South African tertiary academic institutions.
While reflecting on her ongoing programme in United States of America, the Eastern Cape based Activator said she is planning to use the opportunity to secure resources and relationships that will address the plight of young vulnerable people and females in her community.
‘’The information I gained during my visit to the United States of America and the processes I’ve learned will help me in restrategising my work and guide me in the future, designing projects that create meaningful impact for my people in South Africa and the African continent. I have formed formidable relationships with a number of members and many other stakeholders has committed to making sure that I will be able to amplify my projects in the Eastern Cape,” she said.
One of her upcoming ground-breaking projects is to assist the Department of Higher Education in quickly drafting policy that will address prominent Gender Based Violence and ever-increasing sexual assault culture at all South African tertiary higher learning institutions.
The decisive leader whose next mission includes studying a masters degree in International Development in the United Kingdom despite being rejected many times by local and international academic funders.