UFH Law Graduate and Social Activist Commands Global Attention

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UFH Law graduate and young social activist, Isasiphinkosi Mdingi, is on a mission to change society for the better.

On Friday, 5 June 2020,  Mdingi gave a live talk on the American Space and Makerspace Dushanbe Tajikistan Facebook page.  

The global online platform profiles young social activists and affords them the opportunity to share their experiences.  Her topic was: Activism that brings positive changes into society.

Mdingi graduated from Fort Hare in 2017 and is currently a Masters of Public Administration in Education Economy and Management candidate,  at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. 

She advocates for access to quality education, sexual reproductive health rights and self-determination. The aspiring Curriculum Development Specialist is devoted to the fight against gender-based violence and all forms of discrimination.

Her passion for social justice has led her to be selected and lead in several influential organisations. These include the following:

  • Local President of Junior Chamber International (University of Fort Hare East London Campus)
  • Eastern Cape Youth Advisory Member: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Recipient of Activate! Change Drivers Programme
  • Recipient of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stifttung- University of Fort Hare Autumn School on Social Democracy and Political Economy.
  • Recipient of the Preparing Global Leaders Summit (Leadership training program hosted by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration)

In 2018, she was honoured by the United States Department of State in a ceremony held in Washington DC, as part of the 10 Emerging Younger Leaders globally. She was recognized for her fight against GBV in and outside of university campus.

Throughout her academic career at the UFH, she has led marches and facilitated dialogues on GBV and engaging with policy makers. In 2016, she was among the young women who drafted a memorandum demanding the university to implement a policy to address sexual and gender-based violence within the campus community. The policy was implemented and became effective in 2019.

In her live talk, Mdingi reminded her audience that the global community is facing many challenges that need everyone, especially young people.

“There is a great need to volunteer our time in finding solutions to the current crises in the world. These include the slow economic growth, high unemployment and poverty rates, GBV, violation of human rights especially women and children and minority groups; discrimination, prejudice, racism, lack of access to quality education and health care. We need solutions because injustice and inequality affects all of us.”