Asked what guests expected of the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture, addressed by United Nations deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed, this is what they said.
“I would like to get more solutions and answers regarding gender equality issues faced by young women in Cape Town and around the world.”
“Mandela was one of my heroes, and it’s an honour to be here. He was here for all of us in an inclusive way.
“This event is a good way to network, meeting like-minded people and fundraising. It’s important for any businessperson to learn more about their industry.”
“I attended last year’s lecture and I’m very interested in hearing Amina’s speech. We need to have an inclusive approach to gender equality, and not exclude young boys from this narrative.”
“We have partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and our club members are here to see the lecture today. They will be involved in the dialogue [on 26 November], where we will be discussing what it means to be a young woman in Khayelitsha.”
“I’m very pleased that the lecture is in Cape Town this year. What resonated with me the most is the focus on women, because we need to start educating our communities about gender equality.”
"We are in an interesting time for our country and we tend to see our issues through a local perspective. It would be insightful to get a global view on some of the issues we face in our country, especially from the United Nations.”
“When we think of Madiba, we think of our first democratic leader and the legacy he left behind. Yet there is a lot of work to be done. I’m looking forward to hearing and being involved in more dialogues on gender-based violence.”
“It’s a critical time in our economy and I’m interested in hearing about solutions regarding how we can empower young women. I’m ready to learn more about us moving forward with gender equality in corporates, our communities and beyond.”