Summit looks at how women overcame difficulties

Staff Writer

The 12th Women Summit held over the weekend in Swakopmund focused on how women overcame various adversities and life event that enabled them to be the people they are today.

The summit hosted by Old Mutual Namibia was held under the “Securing your Financial Future’’ and saw over 140 women in attendance.

Renowned South African broadcaster, Nicolette Mashile, and best-selling author of “What’s

your move,” headlined the summit alongside Namibian speakers Colette Rieckert, Hermien

Elago and Afra Schimming-Chase.

Elago spoke about how ones health is their wealth and the importance it plays to their total wellbeing. Rieckert touched on how her desire to provide better education opportunities for her children led to her embarking on a journey to build the Windhoek Gymnasium Private School. Schimming-Chase on her part highlighted how as an individual you are your most important creditor.

Mashile touched on how her early years as a young girl had played a significant role in her financial journey. One of the things she provided the women in attendance with, was the knowledge that each one of them has an opportunity to rewrite their financial path provided 0they are willing to do the work.
Patricia Olivier, the Managing Director of Old Mutual’s Corporate Segment emphasized that ‘’Old Mutual Namibia focuses on capacity building and empowerment through the Old Mutual Women’s Summit which has been a mainstay on Namibia’s annual women’s empowerment agenda since 2011. This is an example of our continuous commitment towards actively raising women’s empowerment and leadership’’.

Olivier further added that despite important gains in women’s advancement and empowerment, the 12th edition of the summit offered an opportunity for transformation and evolution to create an inclusive women summit tailored for women from all social classes.
‘’This is to ensure empowerment that can create a full circle effect in our communities.’’

Ashante Manetti, Old Mutual Marketing and Communications Acting Executive said that through the Old Mutual Women’s Summit, the company has been able to reach over 5 000 women to date with an investment valued at close to N$5 million.
‘’With the extensive and heartfelt conversations held during this summit, I am encouraged to say that we all had a captivating and valuable experience that will not only end here,’’ Manetti

By Observer