Pathfinder Joins World in Mourning the Loss of Visionary Nelson Mandela
"While celebrating his legacy, we must continue to work towards the fulfillment of his dreams which are far from achieved to the fullest extent. Pathfinder salutes this great human being and re-commits to fulfilling its role in the achievement of these dreams.” - Purnima ManeToday, Pathfinder joins the world in mourning the loss of a visionary, leader, ally, and friend—Nelson "Madiba" Mandela. Mandela touched countless lives, both in South Africa and around the world. There are few who do not know his name and legacy.
Mandela, who passed away on December 5, 2013 after suffering complications from a lung infection, was formerly the President of South Africa, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a champion of human rights. He is also the founder of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders established in 2007 to work for peace and human rights.
Mandela was a dynamic and formative figure in South Africa, a country in which Pathfinder has worked on sexual and reproductive health for several years. When elected president in 1994, Mandela claimed, “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.”
Mandela’s message resonates loud and clear with Pathfinder’s mission. South Africa made strides in gender equality under Mandela’s leadership and his legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten.
Pathfinder President Purnima Mane shared a fond memory of Mandela in light of his passing:
“I recall being mesmerized during a session in South Africa during the AIDS Conference in 2000 where Nelson Mandela’s charisma, candor, and genuine caring for people brought me and the entire audience to tears and to our feet applauding his words and everything he stood for.”
“While celebrating his legacy, we must continue to work towards the fulfillment of his dreams which are far from achieved to the fullest extent. Pathfinder salutes this great human being and re-commits to fulfilling its role in the achievement of these dreams.”
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