#GiveHerACrown is a change programme that addresses gender-based violence and femicide, by telling stories of all women in society. The survivors, the activists, the pioneers and the next generation - focusing on empowering, recognising, honouring, valuing and protecting women. Our official ambassador, Zolani Mahola [of Freshly Ground] will be composing and recording a campaign song to amplify the message, with Jaguar as the official auction partner. 16 South African artists will each create a bespoke crown of art to raise funding during 16 Days of Activism towards initiatives that empower women through storytelling and the arts.
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"I have been asked many times why I believe women empowerment is important and to me that question feels like being asked if breathing is essential to life! Every product I have created has been with women at the centre- from my talk show to the arts awards as well as the bags, I believe our very survival as a species is dependent on the recognition of women’s rights as human rights." ~ Carol Bouwer
"Young Queen you can do whatever you set your mind to. The world has held us back for many years but that’s no excuse. We push the boundaries no matter what challenges we face. Let your work and work ethic be so undeniable that it shouldn’t matter what gender you are! If I can live my dreams in a patriarchal world, so can you! " ~ Minnie Dlamini
BOBBY VAN JAARSVELD
“They say that behind every successful woman is herself... we cannot be a nation that believes in the ending of this quote... I want to believe that behind every successful woman is herself, a loving father, a supportive partner, a strong family and friends.
As a proud father of a wonderful daughter and a husband to an amazing wife, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to see them thrive in life and be the best that they can be. Let’s lift up the women of this country. We need them! I need them! We all need each other. Love Her. Respect her. Give her a crown.” ~ Bobby van Jaarsveld
"As a husband and father of girls, it is very important for me to have frank and honest discussions with the ladies in my life about the critical role that women play in being the backbone of any society. This also needs to be evident in the workplace and the community at large, especially in key positions of authority" ~ TT Mbha
As Jaguar Land Rover South Africa’s Head of HR and Training, Tanya Ramlagan strives to ensure every individual in the company can enjoy and excel at what they do. Importantly, Tanya specifically chooses the word “individual” over “employee” when referring to Jaguar Land Rover’s staff compliment and uses the approach of getting to know her team on a personal level as the cornerstone of her career. The mother of two encourages women to remind themselves not to fall into the trap of being labelled and letting others determine who they are through a one-dimensional term.
Carmen Slade is an advocate of ‘Ubuntu’ in everything she does and any engagement with those around her expresses a genuine concern for wellness. She is a trustworthy, respectable, motivating and supporting work colleague and friend, and can always be counted on to surprise or delight with every greeting. Carmen’s roles at Jaguar Land Rover encompass an unusual amount of duties, as she’s responsible for communications, digital, social, PR and CRM in South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa.
“We win as one team or we fail as one team. We are not individual contributors but the sum of the collective.” - Carmen Slade.
Melinda Bam, crowned Miss South Africa 2012, is a motivational speaker, television presenter and Jaguar Land Rover Menlyn dealership ambassador. Hailing from Pretoria, Bam has forged a career with a core of empowering women, and is the Director of Womentality Empowered which uses various social investment projects to reinvest much-needed funds to young peoples’ lives. She is responsible for an online community for women called SHEnation which has developed various online courses, tutorials, and content for women to empower themselves. One of Melinda’s many proud achievements is the publication of a book she wrote with her mother, Wanda, titled "Praat met my & Hoor wat ek se" (Talk to me and hear what I say) addressing relevant issues facing teens and families.
Sindiswa Thanda Nosipho Dladla
Sindiswa, or Sindy as she prefers, is a second-year mechanical engineering apprentice at Jaguar Land Rover Durban with quite a story to tell. Born and raised in Adams Mission, a small town south of Durban, Sindy turned to the automotive trade under motivation of her late father who was also a technician. From a young age she was exposed to the inner workings of cars and now spends free time at the race track, and professional time gaining experience in a state-of-the-art workshop with aspirations to become a Jaguar Land Rover Service Manager or Foreman. Sindy is also head of Skills and Development for a non-profit organisation called SOS, based in Adams Mission.
Not only does Elvéne Vonk work in a male-dominated environment, but a side career in motorsport means she competes, and wins, in one too. The Jaguar East Rand Sales Manager is the most successful female navigator in South African rallying and off-road racing with three national championship titles and various other class championships to her name. As a racing co-driver, Elvéne understands the value of teamwork, and her colleagues at Jaguar East Rand commend her solutionist approach, adventurous spirit and support of the dealership team.
Kim Pilaelo is the mastermind behind Jaguar Land Rover’s digital presence in South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. Her career path has followed a winding journey from marketing assistant, admin and executive roles, but her initial steps did not come easy. Both of Kim’s parents passed at an early age, so as a young woman she learned to open doors, change perceptions and speak up for herself.
Kim is a mother, sister, partner and friend, and as the Digital Marketing Specialist for the Jaguar and Land Rover brands she’s challenging the male-dominated automotive industry status quo head-on.
“I want to travel the journey of life and embrace all the circumstances that I will be faced with. My wants may seem normal at face value but considering what I have endured, just having this list of dreams and wants is a victory.” - Kim Pilaelo