Wendy Felicia Philander
Wendy Felicia Philander now serves as the Chairperson of the Health Standing Committee in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament for the Democratic Alliance in South Africa.
Wendy’s desire to serve is linked to changing the political landscape for women. Women constitute 56% of the population in her provinces, yet this is not represented in leadership. She believes that there is no better time than now to shift the landscape and empower women to take their seats.
Wendy is a graduate of the Democratic Alliance Political Development Programme as well as the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy Women in Politics Programme. These programs introduced Wendy to a whole new world and developed her into a strong leader. Wendy is the youngest of three daughters and comes from a low-income home. She sees herself as an example of what can be accomplished; no one’s birth circumstances determine their future.
Wendy believes that all communities deserve bold and progressive leadership, and she strongly agrees with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she says, “Everything I’ve ever thought about doing has been, in some sense, about helping people.” A straightforward principle of change
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