Linda Mtoba on the importance of sisterhood - 'We are women and that is our superpower'

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As we relish the last days of International Women's Month, Bernini hosted an intimate event in Johannesburg to celebrate the importance of women and 'sistahood'.

With a carefully curated guest list, in attendance was actress, activist and style star Linda Mtoba as well as the Financial Bunny Nicolette Mashile, who were both speakers on the day. Also in attendance was media personality Roxy Burger and a range of beauty, fashion and lifestyle content creators. The  women from different walks of life dressed up and showed up to empower and honour one another at the event.

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Actress, mom, wife and entrepreneur Linda - who was recently announced as Bernini’s brand ambassador - gave a moving speech when she took the stage.

Wearing a striking pink two-piece set, Linda spoke about the importance of having women in your community and as a support structure so you can help lift each other up as they make power moves, break generational curses and stereotypes.

She says, “Empowering women goes beyond the individual. When you lift us up, you’re raising a community. When you lift one woman up, believe me, you’re raising five others because by virtue of them seeing what is possible and seeing what you can do, you’ve allowed someone to dream a bit longer-to dream a bit higher.” 

"We are people that are shapeshifters, we are people that are empowering, we are women and that is our superpower in a world that has wanted to take us being woman away from us [and] as a sign of weakness," she adds

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Speaking on financial empowerment was TV host and author Nicolette. The founder of Financial Bunny, a platform for financial education, spoke on the importance of women being financially savvy and taking the time to educate themselves on their own accord.

Nicolette Mashile
Nicolette Mashile

She said, “It’s important for us to understand that financial education is not a luxury that every one of us gets to choose- you don’t choose financial education, you have to have financial education. You have to have it.

“If I had the power, it would be enshrined in the Bill of Rights. Every single South African woman should be educated on how to do their taxes, on interest rates, how to negotiate because if you can negotiate in the bank, you can negotiate at work.”

Nicolette also highlighted the importance of capability, confidence and choice when dealing with money, citing that these “three c’s”, as she called them, are what being financially knowledgeable will afford you.

‘The power of influence’ was one of the running themes of the day as women were encouraged to show up, influence society, share love and empower one another.

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