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Platt joins African women in leadership

2021-09-29  Staff Reporter

Platt joins African women in leadership
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The Africa Leadership Awards, which took place virtually on 24 September, seek to identify and celebrate outstanding leadership demonstrated by organisations, individuals and teams. This year, Namibia was added to the pool of African Women Leadership that have made an impact in their respective industry through Poiyah Media’s founder Ilke Platt.

As she accepted her ‘Africa’s Women Leader’ title last week, Platt applauded the organisers for such events. “We never work and serve for titles or positions but to merely make a positive impact. I want to accept this award on behalf of my team of strong and powerful women, part of my team that serves in the public relations industry that has lifted Poiyah Media in network platforms as such. It’s only within our own organisations we can start making that change; one life at a time. You don’t have to be in position of power to make that immense change but I salute every unsung woman in her community, especially rural towns that make a difference without any acknowledgement. It’s women like you that make the biggest change no matter how small it may seem. When your heart is pure and intentions are good, blessings will always follow you to bless the next,” Platt expressed.

The Africa Leadership Awards are an independent recognition exercise initiated to give recognition to those companies and individuals who have achieved extraordinary success from innovative and effective leadership practices in Africa. The awards are based not only on financial valuation but on consumer preferences and peer recommendations, and are held to foster and recognise leadership in the professional community and inspire aspirations to achieve excellence.

The awards aim to educate and disseminate the importance of leadership development and selfreliance building in Africa. “Due to the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on women, minorities and the poor, much hasbeen written about the effectiveness of the leadership traits exhibited by women. Comprising only some 8% of political leaders globally, women have accounted for an estimated 40% of the most successful responses to Covid-19.

Research has pointed out that women-led countries have a sixtime lower death rate than those led by male counterparts in similar countries. The research team at the World Woman Leadership Congress has carefully used the situation to channelise their energies productively. We worked towards architecting the program in recognition of the talent that rightly deserves to be recognised.

Our approach is towards upholding gender equality, fostering women empowerment and creating inclusive thought leadership. Our final aim is to become “gender-neutral”, highlighted Dr Aalok Pandit, executive director of the World Women Leadership Congress.

2021-09-29  Staff Reporter

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