Rachel and her husband, South African rugby captain, Siya Kolisi founded the Kolisi Foundation earlier this year.
“It’s a legacy we want to leave behind. It’s important for our children to see what’s happening in South Africa and to see their parents really on the frontline of it as well. They get to really be a part of this and see what actually is the priority in life and what’s important; we believe that that is serving others.”
- Rachel Kolisi
Young girls and women in South Africa are incredibly threatened by poverty, gender bias and gender-based violence. Through her work with the Kolisi Foundation, Rachel works tirelessly to address these issues and help women and young girls in any way she can.
Rachel is not only working hard daily driving the Kolisi Foundation team alongside Siya, but she is also the Co-Founder or Rise and a mother of four. Rise is a movement dedicated to helping women live more purposeful lives, through health and fitness. At Rise she has a focus on working to empower women throughout South Africa and has impacted so many women through her work already.
Robert Ingersoll said, “We rise by lifting others’’ and Rachel embodies this perfectly.
She has a heart for helping others and is a firm believer in the power of leading by example. Her selflessness, empathy, dedication and the hands-on work she is doing makes her a remarkable role model for young girls around the world.
- Rachel Kolisi
In honour of Women’s Month, let’s join hands with Rachel and enable her to expand on the incredible work she is doing through the Kolisi Foundation.
The Matriarchs is all about sharing stories of women from all walks of life – that inspire, that bring hope, and that ultimately change lives.
Through these stories, we hope to make a difference both in the environmental and humanitarian space. Lifting women up to fulfill their purpose and helping those that are already leading the way to do more – to support them and champion them. Through hearing from women like Rachel and sharing these stories – we want to build a global community of girls and women that empower one another, help one another and that changes women’s mindsets – to always believe in themselves and their abilities. We want women to believe they can reach their full potential and live full lives whatever that may mean for them, regardless of what they have been through.
We stand together and want women to know that there are others out there that have experienced huge challenges but despite these hardships are still working to fulfill their dreams. And through these stories also show people and young girls that there are individuals and organizations out there that will support them if they are facing challenges that seem impossible to overcome. That there are women here, and a community, that will inspire and lift you up. These women are amazing role models for our youth but some of our Matriarchs are also still on their journey, still facing many mountains but are determined to climb them and to make a difference in this world.
Share Rachel’s story – and change someone’s life today – and join The Matriarchs community and let’s help each other and our Matriarchs make this world a better place.