On 9 August 1956, 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa to protest against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government's control over the movement of black women in urban areas. The first National Women's Day was celebrated in 1994, and a re-enactment of the march was staged for the 50th anniversary in 2006.
To celebrate Women's Day 2016, we asked five of USB-ED's own powerful and inspiring women to share what motivates them, the biggest life lessons learnt, advice to their younger selves, and their definitions of leadership.
Today we introduce our third inspirational woman, Willemien Law, Director of Open Enrolment at USB-ED.
Who do you look up to that inspires you most?
I am inspired by several people around me and do not look up to only one specific person. In my work life I tend to draw my inspiration not only from high-flying personalities in the public domain but also from the many people around me who teach and inspire me differently in diverse circumstances.
What is the biggest life lesson you have learnt to date?
There is no such thing as easy money! On a more serious note, that nobody will ever survive without honesty and integrity as the backbone of their existence.
If you could give your younger self advice, what would it be?
Don’t ever waste time on losing your temper, throwing tantrums and getting mega upset about an issue. Sit down, think and approach a problem seeking a solution. It is incredible how much time and more importantly, precious energy, is wasted by the younger generation on not solving a problem.
What does leadership mean to you?
To me leadership is making people believe in themselves, to sometimes just listen and always have the courage to also follow!
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I would like to delete the word ‘suffer’ from existence!
What does true beauty mean to you?
I believe that true beauty equals bliss.