About Mmatshilo Motsei
Mmatshilo Motsei a poet, writer, former nursing lecturer, social science researcher and psychology graduate, and worked for over 10 years as a community development specialist, a counsellor and gender consultant for public and private institutions in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Somalia as well as Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
It is in this regard that Motsei earned a reputation as a global change agent, particularly in the field of gender violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. She worked in the Office of the President of South Africa where she formulated recommendations regarding the setting up of appropriate national gender structures, and for the Ford Foundation as a short-term consultant. As a result of her work, she has received numerous local and international awards, including the United Nations Habitat Award 2000.
Motsei founded the Asiganang Domestic Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT) programme in Alexandra Township, Johannesburg. She established Senakangwedi Consulting, a company specialising in personal and societal transformation using spiritual principles.
Photo courtesy Victor Dlamini.