Judy van Niekerk’s life story has captured global media, including CNN, The BBC, RTE and SABC and many others. After she courageously shared her story of sexual abuse from her father.
The reporting of sexual assault in Ireland increased 75% as a result. Judy’s varied career has been outstanding, she’s an international best selling author, was an international world championship sports woman and international woman winemaker of the world in 2009.
Today, Judy is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has made history in South Africa by being instrumental in working with government to change the law increasing the protection of women and children and then made history again by persuading government to allow her to plant wine vineyards on Tribal land, creating hundreds of jobs through co-operatives and empowerment opportunities where she also revolutionised the wine industry.
She’s now empowering women through her latest project The Digital Bra, a revolutionary hi-tech solution to a serious problem for women the world over – making customized bras for women irrespective of their shape and size.
Committed to making a difference through her childhood challenges, Judy found her passion in empowering people to love and honor themselves regardless of what happened in their lives.
The Digital Bra is not just a high-tech innovation. It allows women to finally embrace and love their bodies. In 2015 Judy founded the Not For Profit Foundation “I Celebrate Foundation” which focuses on celebrating our uniqueness through our challenges to address the issues around Mental Health (which is affected by our challenges).
She is also the creator of International Day to Celebrate Your Challenges in 2014 which falls on 24 November. Currently Judy is lobbying the UK government to amend the Education Act of 2011 to include Humanities Child Law which will involve educating students in schools on sexual awareness and prevention.
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