‘Challenge for Women’ NPO aims to empower

2012-11-14 00:00

RETIRED community activist Thembeka Sibisi has taken it upon herself to change young women’s lives.

Sibisi, who is passionate about empowering the youth, will be launching a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), Challenge for Women on November 30.

“The objective is to empower women who are going through difficult situations.”

The ever decreasing quality of life among young girls and women motivated Sibisi to pursue this initiative.

She said girls “live a life that is full of pain and disappointments”.

“Her world is full of a high rate of teenage tragedies such as pregnancies, physical and sexual abuse and a high rate of school drop-outs,” Sibisi explained.

She realised that society was aware of challenges faced by young girls, and that talking, instead of acting on these challenges will not solve anything. “We always talk about these problems. Young people are painted in a bad way.

“But what can we do about it? We need to come out and find the root and solutions.”

Sibisi said she has observed that parents sometimes take a back seat in their children’s upbringing and wait for the government to take charge. “Discipline starts at a young age. Laws start at home, not in courts or police stations.”

Sibisi has a lot of experience in community development and has run a domestic workers’ union, fighting for the rights of domestic workers.

She said she started the South African Domestic Workers Association in Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas and it grew into a union.

Challenge for Women, which is based in the Plessislaer area, will hold workshops in schools and the surrounding communities, and will create awareness about pertinent issues faced by young girls and women.

She said the NPO would also offer advice to anyone who needs it.

Her dream is to go as far as empowering school dropouts with skills they can use to make a living for themselves. The road ahead is not going to be easy as Sibisi is still in need of extra helping hands to make this initiative a success.

“I read an article a while back where the president requested senior citizens to get involved and help, but I don’t have the resources.”

Any form of help or donations are welcome.

To assist you can contact Thembeka Sibisi on 072 610 2060.

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