In the work that she does through her foundation, Lorraine Khoza aims to be a reliable advocate for marginalised groups and a champion for gender equality. Earlier this year, the Lorraine Khoza Foundation received a presidential honour for their contribution to the campaign against gender-based violence.
“It came as a surprise because we had only been in existence for a few months, at the time. And even though we had already reached out to a lot of women and children, I could not have anticipated being honoured by the President in such a short space of time.”
A survivor of sexual violence herself, Khoza is called to her activism by empathy. Shenearly gave up on her dreams when she was sexually assaulted two months into her first year of university but she found the strength to see her qualification through and be an agent of change. “It is almost unimaginable that I almost gave it all up; the impact that speaking out and reaching out to women and children who have been through what I went through has had is gratifying.”
Khoza’s commitment to growth and transformation keeps her focused, “knowing that every morning I wake up is a new chance to work on my goals and to become a better person for me and those around gives me purpose”.