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Our Founding Story

The organisation was inspired by Miss Universe 2019 , Zozibini Tunzi ,when she said that we need to be teaching young girls leadership and that women must not be hesitant to take up space.


From a young age, Nondumiso has always been intrigued by the idea of women running the world. Her enthusiasm was short lived after she realised how women were placed at a disadvantage ,because of their gender, when being considered to be worthy of leadership positions. It has often been said that luck (success) is when opportunity meets preparation. Despite research showing that there are few women leaders, there are still corners of the world affording women the opportunity to lead and they are slowly increasing every single day.


It became important to launch capacity building programs for adolescent girls and young womxn to prepare for these opportunities. Ms Thango felt that in spite of these bleak figures, there needs to be affordable organisations that prepare the next generation of young female leaders and thus Girleada was born.

 

What We Do

Narrowing the gender gap in successful leadership positions and roles

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Purpose

With this social impact initiative, our goal is to develop adolescent girls and young womxn for opportunities to lead. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.

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Mission

At Girleada, we are a dedicated youth community development organization that is empowering girls with various skills that will ensure that they are the next generation of effective leaders. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.

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Vision

We develop girls and young womxn that are pursuing authentic leadership through capacity building programs so that they can take up space in whichever sphere of life that they are in. We want the next generation of womxn to walk bravely into leadership spaces that uphold gender equality worldwide. We will be operational in Southern Africa soon. Subscribe to our newsletter receive updates.

 

Organisation Value

AUTHENTICITY

 Girleada has only one organisation value - authenticity.


Authenticity according to Brene Brown:

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough. 

 

Meet the Team

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Nondumiso Thango

Chief Empowerment Officer

From a young age, Nondumiso has always been intrigued by the idea of women running the world. Her enthusiasm was short-lived after she realised how women were placed at a disadvantage ,because of their gender, when being considered to be worthy of leadership positions. Nondumiso has affiliated with many change-making organizations such as UNICEF, Rotary International, Toastmasters International, Masakhane Youth Leadership Course ,Project Girls 4 Girls, Young Africa Leaders Institute, United People Global and many others whose primary objective is leadership development. Ms Thango is a certified facilitator, which goes to show that she takes pride in executing these empowering workshops. She continues to enjoy facilitating around topics revolving around leadership.Nondumiso Thango is a certified life coach, speaker, youth leadership facilitator and the founder of Girleada. She also has a Youtube channel which revolves around these exciting roles.

Having won Orator of the year in both 2012 and 2014 , Nondumiso went on to be selected as one of 30 learners in South Africa to attend a leadership development program after having written a winning essay on leadership. "Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are." - Brené Brown. According to Nondumiso, authentic leadership is the daily practice of letting go of the leaders we think we're supposed to be and bravely embracing the ones we are actively becoming.

From the humble beginnings of being both Head Girl and Hostel Head Girl with a track record of being Chairperson of Land service , Chairperson of Teenagers Against Drug Abuse , Chairperson of the Science Club as well as attending the Rotary Youth Leadership course , Nondumiso went on to be the Chairperson of Sunnyside Residence in 2018 as well as the Academic Officer of the All Residence Council at Wits University. Prior to that , she became a certified CCDU mentor and tutored high school learners under the African Sports and Scholastic Initiative for Students in Townships in Alexandra township from 2016 till 2017.As a delegate for the World Youth Summit Model United Nations in 2019, she received an honorary award for her diplomacy in the human rights council. This was an extremely eye opening experience for her in the thought process of world leaders and their relationship with power.

 After her term as Toastmasters Leadership Institute Administrator ,she continued with her role  as a First Year Experience Mentor and concurrently launched Girleada in May 2020.

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