SA’s Bonang in talks at UN General Assembly

Celeb heads discussions on girls education and empowerment

Bonang Matheba
Bonang Matheba

South African entertainment personality Bonang Matheba, was due to be the lead moderator at the UN General Assembly “Leave No Girl Behind” discussion In New York on Tuesday, September 25.

The high-profile group of panelists included French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British PM Theresa May and Norwegian PM Erna Solberg.

“I believe that when you educate a girl child, you actually educate a community and you educate a family,” Bonang says.

“As girls tend to become the head of the household, these young ladies pay their education forward; and an education is something that nobody can take away from you. It has a generational advantage and value.”

The discussion on Girls Education and Empowerment – titled “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind” – was due to cover ways of achieving quality education for all girls globally by 2030, and also include a number of respected professionals in the field, as well as advocates from Global Citizen who are arranging the panel discussion.

The multi–award winning media personality – who recently won an International Achievement Recognition Award for Best Media Personality – will also speak at a special Global Citizen function before attending the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 29.

Global Citizen is a global movement of engaged citizens who use their collective voice in efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030, and its festivals bring some of the world’s top artists together to raise awareness and funds to impact lasting change.

Later this year, Bonang will also be a host at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg on December 2, which will see the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Pharrel Williams, Chris Martin, Usher and more performing in honour of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

Bonang and Naomi Campbell are the official hosts for the festival. Along with her own media career, Bonang is also a philanthropist.

In response to the student uprisings in SA in 2016, known as #FeesMustFall, she established The Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund, which aims to provide 10 young women each year with the opportunity to further their tertiary education with a scholarship at Boston College, in SA.