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In 2004 she was appointed as the Deputy Minister for Minerals and Energy. She then decided to find a niche for women and how women can come into mining and today12% of the mining industry in South Africa is made up of women and that is the beginning.
She set up the South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA), which enabled the women to organize and get the training in mining.
She came up with the Kimberly process which is recognized by the United Nations, which ensures that the countries that are part of the Kimberley process don't use diamonds to buy arms, don't use diamonds to feed coops, dictators and so on( called the BLOOD DIAMOND EFFECT). She campaigned all over the world, especially the USA, and promoted the Kimberly diamonds.
She then trained women in jewelry making and finding markets for them.
She felt that as women we have the responsibility to ensure that we have a strong grass-root women's movement. Her department is piloting the gender equality bill.
She set up the techno-girls in her department. They train girls with private companies, including the mining and ICTs, companies in communications and construction so that girls can get into science and technology.

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  • As long as women are not into technology, technology will not compliment humanity. We must bring women on board as leaders, we'll have technology being used for pornography, for biological weapons, nuclear weapons, bombs, if women are there, we will not have these disasters.
  • We will add the spiritual touch to technology and compliment the human touch.

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Every piece of action we do today is powered by technology. But only 30% of women in India have access to technology.There is a huge disparity, a huge paradox – there's phenomenal advancement in technology in one hand, but on the other side, there's no good clean drinking water for many..
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It is a tremendous experience to be amongst such distinguished women from more than 55 countries around the globe, to share and discuss how technology can be an aid in ensuring the empowerment of women. The beauty of the theme is actually embedded in how to connect Spirituality and Technology and that is what one aspires to learn in this 3 day-long conference.
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She represents the women of South Africa but most importantly has come to India to learn from the country that is rich in history, rich in tradition and indigenous technologies that one needs to learn from..
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Mr. Shantanu Prakash runs an education company that works with about 15 million students across the world, mostly of them in India, and roughly about 8 million of them are young women who in 3-5 years will be ready to assume very important roles in society.
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In Egypt, the Egyptian youth made a revolution through an event in Facebook. She discovered the power of Facebook in 2008, when a friend, a journalist was arrested.They didn't have any access to the traditional media. So she organised an event for journalist, and an event on Facebook. Many journalists came, even the youth.
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About 4 years ago they ran in the Council of Europe a campaign to stop racism in football, The manager of the Arsenal football team, in London, is a lovely man called Arson Wenger who said in English, in French and in German and Alsatian, that football was a beautiful game and that there should be no racism and that he supported the Council of Europe campaign against racism.
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Spiritual Connection. is about how to find our mind. Our body is a very high tech system. It uses the six senses to perceive the outside world, but what is the connection between our body and the six senses? Its the mind, but where's the mind and what does it look for in life? So far, no scientific machine can find it.
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