MEDIA ALERT: August month dedicated to uplifting women and creating Sisterhood



01 August 2018

For Immediate Release

August month dedicated to uplifting women and creating Sisterhood

Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute (CMMI) in partnership with Freedom Park, National Heritage Council (NHC) and Sisulu Foundation will celebrate and honour Mme Charlotte Makgomo Mannya-Maxeke, Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and other women icons through an ‘INTERGENERATIONAL WOMEN DIALOGUE’ – a series of dialogues that includes a Dialogue between CHARLOTTE MAKGOMO MAXEKE AND MAMA ALBERTINA NONTSIKELELO SISULU as a main event. The month long celebration activities will be from 3 to 25 August 2018 ranging from dialogues to an awards ceremony that will honour women.

This initiative is hugely influenced and echoing Mme Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke’s words, when she said, "this work is not for yourselves, kill that spirit of self and do not live above your people but live with them and if you can rise, bring someone with you." This has translated to the overall theme of these series of dialogues, being Bring-Her-Up (BHU) as a community engagement initiative that seeks to connect women of all ages in our societies under the common vision of unity and oneness. ‘Bring Her Up’ is a sisterhood network created for women to uplift, up skill, celebrate each other. 

A full programme of the activities is attached.


3rd of August 2018

- Dialogue between Mme Charlotte Maxeke, 1956 Generation and Women Leaders

10th of August 2018

Dialogue between Mme Charlotte Maxeke, Generation of 1976 and Generation of Fees Must Fall

11th of August 2018

BHU – Girl and Boy Child Empowerment Program

18th of August 2018

High Tea

23rd of August 2018

Dialogue between Mme Charlotte Maxeke, Mme Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu and Mama Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela

24th of August 2018 

BHU Awards Ceremony to honour women icons in different spheres and a Gala Dinner

25th of August 2018

Interfaith Service


In memory of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke and the enormous contributions she made to both South Africans and International community, the institute is convening these Dialogues to celebrate her achievements; preserve her legacy; promote her teachings; advance the values she stood for and elevate her name especially as we are at centenary milestone of ANCWL, Mama Albertina Sisulu and our first democratic elected President of South Africa, President Nelson Mandela.

According to the Chairperson of CMMI, Mr Thulasizwe Makhanya "we have centered this initiative of Inter-Generational Women Dialogues around Mme Maxeke as she is a woman of first in many instances and she is a mother of modern African women's resistance, struggle and politics. History tells us that she was the only women that actively participated as a delegate in the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), the ANC`s predecessor. She became involved and led in passive resistance and fought against pass laws. She worked tireless beyond political party lines and a torchbearer for women emancipation. It is important for us to connect and reconnect with all the South African public through a program that while celebrating our icons it also tackles the current challenges being faced by women and young girls."

Mme Maxeke was indeed a colossus that impacted positively to this country and beyond, just to highlight a few of her achievements:

  • She was a first black woman to graduate and have a BSC Degree in Southern Africa in 1901
  • First woman to participate in the Kings Courts under King Sabata Dalindyebo of AbaThembu and they started a school under this Royal Family. She was given a name Nogazo as a salutation
  • She established a school in Evaton, Gauteng in 1908 (Wilberforce Institute)
  • She was the only woman that attended the first (African National Congress) ANC conference in 1912 and she made some momentous contributions.
  • Initiator, Organizer and the first President of Bantu Women’s League in 1918 which later became ANC Women’s League. 


Thulasizwe Makhanya: 082 484 4328

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