Meet Mathobatsi Sekoere: Mandela Washington Fellow and Advocate for Human Rights and Entrepreneurship

Mathobatsi Sekoere, a dynamic entrepreneur and media personality from Maseru, is set to embark on an exciting journey as a member of the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders cohort. This prestigious fellowship will see Mathobatsi heading to the United States, where she will be hosted by The University of Texas at Austin under the Leadership in Business track.

Mathobatsi’s professional background is as impressive as it is diverse. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and works with the Ministry of Gender, Youth, and Social Development. Additionally, she serves on the Trafficking in Persons multi-sectoral committee, demonstrating her commitment to human rights and social justice.

In her role as an entrepreneur, Mathobatsi founded A Toby Event, a company that leverages entrepreneurship to combat human trafficking. Through her company, she provides experiential learning opportunities for students, brand activation services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs), and promotional platforms for artists and creatives. Her innovative approach helps raise awareness about human trafficking while empowering various community members through practical and creative engagements.

At Sky Alpha HD, Mathobatsi’s presence as a media personality further amplifies her influence, enabling her to reach a wider audience and spread her message of entrepreneurship and human rights advocacy.

Reflecting on her upcoming fellowship, Mathobatsi stated, “During the Mandela Washington Fellowship, I hope to gain advanced business and leadership skills, valuable networking opportunities, exposure to U.S. business practices, and enhanced cultural and policy insights.” She believes that the fellowship will offer her a unique chance to connect with a diverse group of leaders who bring different perspectives and innovative ideas.

Mathobatsi plans to leverage the knowledge and experience gained during the fellowship to integrate innovative technologies into her work, thereby enhancing her efforts to combat human trafficking and empower her community through entrepreneurship. She envisions a future where her passion for human rights and entrepreneurship creates sustainable solutions that uplift and protect vulnerable populations.

As Mathobatsi prepares to leave for the United States, her journey symbolizes the power of determination and the impact of combining entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to social justice. Her work and vision offer hope and inspiration, not only to those in her immediate community but to many others who strive to make a difference in the world.

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