By Veromadrig

So  even though I had a long journey to reach Johannesburg, the truth is that the fellows had already made plans on the forum for those whom arrived early could meet and visit the Apartheid Musuem.

So we got to The Maslow Hotel and met. Right away we left our luggage with the concierge and off to the Musuem.

I think that any place you visit you must know a bit of it’s story. I knew Nelson Mandela was a special person but I had never stopped and investigated about it.  It just never occurred to me.

So it was a great building, alot of information! You need at least 4 hours to read everything! But it makes you feel this separation according to your color. The way it used to be. I have never heard the word “Apartheid” such a heavy word, it made me sad.

This is something we still live in the world, differences not only in the color of our skin but in beliefs keep hurting us. You can see how Southafrica got shaped by the talents that arrived seeking for gold & diamonds, and I kept thinking if only they would of embraced this multicultural “assets” instead of separating them, they would of just enjoyed this transformation.

As for Mandela, going from angry to reflexive was amazing! This leadership was built with action but I think that in the absence of freedom it became stronger, and his beliefs deeper.

My favorite quote:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

I loved the words of the Pillars of the Constitution, I think we should lived by them on every little action we do : Democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect & freedom.

After this we headed back to the hotel and got ready for dinner. The words of CEO Alyse Nelson where inspiring and they just made me feel so happy and lucky for the opportunity of meeting so many great women changing their own world, knowing that GeekGirlsMx had this special sparkle that made us get here!

Vital Voices team & Pond’s representatives are a group of sweet people listening and helping you solve doubts on any way they can. This is not just something you receive and then go back to your country. You become part of their community, an active changemaker and you add your own knowledge to help others, there is no other better way to be thankful for this opportunity. So you have to learn more about them, you never know… you might be the next fellow.

 

  

Dissa, Nadya & Megumi, Fellows.

 

Alyse Nelson, Ceo & Vital Voices President

Arnaud, Global Brand Vice President, Pond’s

 

Achenyo, Founder and Creative Director of MitiMeth

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