Rosie Motene steps up for Women and Progressive Judaism

Fifty four countries are participating in the Mount Kilimanjaro Climb. Rosie Motene of Beit Emanuel has been selected as the representative for South Africa.

Under the theme “Speak Out, Climb Up “the climb will take place in March to coincide symbolically International Womens Day.

The objectives of the climb are to:

• To raise global awareness on ending violence against women and girls
• Seek national commitments from all African governments to be implemented by 2015. The commitments will be carried to the summit of mount Kilimanjaro- on the roof top of Africa

The expected outcomes of the Africa Unite Campaign are:

• National laws will be in place and enforced to address and punish all forms of violence against women and girls in line with the international human rights standards
• National plans of action are adopted that are multi-sectoral and adequately resourced, with implementation underway
• Data collection and analysis systems are institutionalised and periodic surveys are undertaken on prevalence of various forms of violence against women and girls
• Sexual violence in conflict situations is systematically addressed in all peace and security policy and frameworks and mechanisms for protection and prevention of systematic rape are implemented
• Safe public places for women and girls

Who is Rosie Motene?

Rosie Tebogo Motene is a household name, in South Africa, Africa and globally. She is an actress, TV and film producer, philanthropist and a Progressive Jewish woman.

Her work in the entertainment industry includes starring roles in, Generations, Hotel Rwanda, The Other Woman, Nothing But The truth and Studio 53. Her behind the scenes work include, Studio 53, Man on ground and other MNET Africa productions.

In 2000 Rosie underwent an intensive training programme with People Opposing Woman Abuse (POWA) on public awareness, advocacy and counseling, Since then she has used her public status to highlight many issues about women and children abuse and women empowerment.

She is vice-chairperson of POWA; she sits on the board of Childline and has been involved with many other non-governmental organizations that assist under privileged, abused and abandoned children.

Her involvement with the Johannesburg Children’s Home assists children from broken home with a roof over the heads, school support and assistance. Her work with the Tomorrow Trust provides tertiary education for under privileged HIV affected adolescents.

Rosie has a style that is uniquely her own, her warm smile and positive attitude invoke a sense of community at Beit Emanuel. A Kiddush without Rosie’s presence is … well it’s just not the same! It is this same style, smile and positive attitude that she uses in many media interviews to create public awareness of social injustice.

Other than Kiddush you may be wondering what all of this has to do with Progressive Judaism. Rosie lives and embodies Tikkun Olam … making the world a better place. Her social action, community service and social justice go a long way to repairing the world.

At the last Friday night’s Kiddush before the “Speak Out, Climb Up” … Rosie said that she had heard that the climb down was harder than the climb up!

Well, Rosie we on the ground at Beit Emanuel are supporting you all the way. Climb well … up and down, stay safe and we are missing you at Kiddush!

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