Boy Sipho Mnisi is a Human Rights Ambassador at Childline South Africa in Gauteng. He is also a freelance facilitator, teacher, and tutor. He also has an array of experience as an activist and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science General Degree majoring in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of South Africa.
One of the most important systematic challenges Sipho is interested in addressing are policies and laws in organisations, especially those that need to be reviewed based on gender inclusivity because workers are still experiencing stigma and discrimination based on class, sexuality, gender and the pay gap. The importance of policies must be shared and further we must normalise the rights of workers being protected. Sipho notes that safe spaces and gender desks still lack support in the workspace as part of psycho-social services, whereas there should be exercises daily on how to create safe and supportive environments.
When asked what impact being a Gender Equality Changemaker has had on the organisation Sipho is a part of, he explained that he has grown tremendously on a personal and professional level. This growth has shown up within the engagement with stakeholders on issues addressing human rights, especially those affecting people with disabilities and LGBTIQA+ community. Furthermore, the support of established structures has increased thus influencing political leaders to look at gender mainstreaming. Being a part of the programme has also assisted Sipho when it comes to mentoring and coaching young queers and women who are venturing into the supervisory space.
The Digital Frontiers Institute’s Gender Equality Changemakers Programme is taking the gender equity conversation in Africa to new and exciting places. It calls for people who are brave and willing to take risks: to ask difficult questions and explore new terrains. The 5-part programme is an immersive learning experience which equips students with the knowledge, tools, attitudes, and practice needed to undertake gender equality change projects, ignite change in their respective organisations, and beyond that.
This season of #ThisIsMyJourney aims to tell the story of each of our Changemakers and how they took the journey to becoming Gender Equality Changemakers. Each of our Changemakers offers incredible insight into the steps they took and how they completed the programme. They each take us on a journey through their determination, vision, and accomplishments.
At Digital Frontiers Institute, we hope that by sharing these stories we celebrate our amazing students while also planting a seed of inspiration in those who want to pursue their own GEC qualifications with us.
Take this journey with us over the next few weeks on our social media pages where we will be sharing a #ThisIsMyJourney story every single week.
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