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Judy Sikuza

‚ÄčToday's inspirational woman:

Judy Sikuza,
Deputy Executive Director (The Mandela Rhodes Foundation) and USB-ED International Advisory Board Member


Who do you look up to that inspires you most?

Indisputably, my mother. She has an incredible care and generosity for people. She has faced some challenging hurdles on her journey, yet has found a resilience and tenacity that inspires me to never give up on becoming everything I dream of being. Moreover, my mother has a zest for life that makes me hope I will age as gracefully as she has at 60.


What is the biggest life lesson you have learnt to date?

Life is guaranteed to have obstacles along the way. It is what we do in those testing times that define who we are.


If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?

The world needs what you have to give to it, not some made up version of who you think you need to be. Trust that who you are is enough, and share that with the world.


What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership to me is about contributing your skills, talents and passions towards creating a more equal and humane world for all.


If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

It would be to find better ways to live together, celebrating each person for their unique differences, while we embrace our common humanity. Much conflict, discrimination, and exploitation are rooted in mindsets and perceptions that undermine these principles at their core. If we can truly learn to hold both difference and commonality together, we can co-create societies where all people thrive.


What does true beauty mean to you?

True beauty comes from within. It's about your sense of self as a human being, and a character that aspires to be loving and compassionate towards others. Being at peace with who you are, and realising that the imperfections that we often judge in ourselves are what makes us beautiful and unique. 

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