An engineer by profession with a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town, Confidence Tshilande recognised a need for a social media and networking platform exclusively for women where they could safely interact, connect, inspire and uplift one another.
As nothing of the kind existed globally, she decided to create the first. Prestiio was launched in 2021 on International Women’s Day, which Tshilande says is her proudest moment. What really sets Prestiio apart are functions such as an SOS panic button, the ability to geolocate essential services such as police stations and hospitals, and the option to engage anonymously. All its functions are intended to protect the app’s users. This ultimately realises her goal to “empower women, address the inequality gap, and improve mentorship and networking opportunities with cross-institutional partners and women’s organisations locally and globally”.
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