“Breaking barriers…not just about quotas but creating space.”

30 May 2022

Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma

Dr Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma, Head of Biostatistics at CAPRISA was a panellist in a thought-provoking seminar on gender inequality that women continue to face in South Africa 28 years into democracy held in Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal. She was invited by KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) to the event attended by members of the KZN Legislature, academics, Mayors, farmworkers, and domestic workers.

Yende-Zuma’s talk focused on “breaking barriers…not just about quotas but creating space.” She shared her personal journey of a young girl from rural Kwazulu-Natal, despite all odds, did receive the necessary encouragement, guidance, and opportunity to pursue her dreams. “So, our role is simple: to give young women the opportunity to receive mentoring, coaching, and training in their first roles from professional women who have walked the path they are embarking on, she said.”