RH Diamonds hosted the Women in Leadership Dialogue in partnership with The High Commission of India in Gaborone on Friday. The event was attended by women in leadership positions including the female ambassadors in Botswana. The programme started in the morning with guests taken on a tour of Diamond Training Company (DTCB) before they could engage in the dialogue. Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RH Diamonds Rutang Moses showed videos of women like Sheryl Sanderberg, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Facebook; TV Mogul Oprah Winfrey and Indira Nooyi – the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico, the world’s second largest food and beverage manufacturer based on revenue. In the videos they saw the challenges these women deal with every day. Moses shared her experiences about she started her company and why she did it – being to help drive the economy of Botswana. The company is on its 11th month. She said they saw it fit to partner with the Indian High Commission because India is the leader in diamond polishing. “The theme for this year’s International Women Day called for companies to come together and inspire change, and it is a great honour to have ambassadors here with us to celebrate their bold leadership,” she said.
She challenged women to be responsible for making sure that they change the economy for the better, urging them to inspire change. “Let us find a way to make change in someone’s life and close that gender parity,” she said. Moses advocated for conversations among women that can drive the economy forward while collaborating and learning from each other. The High Commissioner of India to Botswana, Dr Ketan Shukla, congratulated Moses for successfully hosting the event which promotes inclusiveness of women from different walks of life in the mainstream society. “It will build confidence through participation and it will open new avenues to achieve respectable decent careers and as such prepare participants for future successful life,” he said. He said education is often understood as a means of overcoming handicaps, achieving greater equality, and acquiring wealth and status for all and it is also a place where women can develop according to their potentials with the purpose of developing every individual to their full potential. He said women participation makes the world better and happier. “Happiness is being independent, with that comes equality which gives independence financially and emotionally. It helps you take decisions about your life without an external advice or use it to your best in case you are provided one,” he said.