Clique event a victory for all women

2015-08-13 06:00

Boniswa Mayekiso, Thembisa Ndzunga, Yandiswa Mayekiso, Nonkuleko Malgas, Mafedile Kwatana and Edna Gumbi at the Women On The Move event organised by Clique.

Boniswa Mayekiso, Thembisa Ndzunga, Yandiswa Mayekiso, Nonkuleko Malgas, Mafedile Kwatana and Edna Gumbi at the Women On The Move event organised by Clique.

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Writing in his Friday column of last week’s Cape Times, poet and columnist, Sandile Dikeni hailed women as “brave and beautiful souls of this country”.

He cast a refreshing look at Woman’s Day and provided historic evidence as to why the day represents an epic moment in our history.

It was with this in mind that I abandoned a braai organised by fellows and begrudgingly accepted an invitation by Clique to attend a Women On The Move gathering at Sky Lounge, in Gugulethu.

Arriving there, the bitterness of losing out on the boy’s braai slowly evaporated as my eyeballs encountered beautiful people, egged on by my sidekick, Neighy Wam, I finally settled in.

Clique is a network of young professional women who are hell-bent on confronting social ills like poverty by helping out the less fortunate, head on.

On the eve of Woman’s Day, they had gathered to raise funds for many of their causes but more importantly to raise awareness about cancer. The dress code said it all, pink and white except for a few hardened ANC Women’s League members who pitched in their green uniforms -humming Malibongwe Igama Lamakhosikazi.

That was understandable given the magnitude of what the poet Dikeni calls “the most advanced moment in the political sociology of this country.”

A retired nurse, Xoliswa Mbiko spoke eloquently about the dangers of cancer and encourage the young women in attendance to “take care of their bodies”.

“We are all vulnerable to cancer and people should always be tested and know their status,” said Mrs Mbiko.

ANC Women’s League member Nomsa Ntlabathi spoke at length about how the Woman’s Day started.

She urged the youngsters to join women’ fora that the ANCWL will be starting in the new year.

Clique founder member Tamzyn Belle said the event was very successful.

“We upped our numbers from the last event and we are hopeful that our message is gradually spreading,” said Belle.

She said they were planning to launch a mentorship programme for young women in the near future.

One of the members, Edna Gumbi described the event as “fantastic”.

“We learnt a great deal about health and also the role of women in the struggle,” said Edna.

Since their formation last year, the group has donated pairs of shoes to underprivileged pupils at some local primary schools.

“We want to create a network of professionals from Gugulethu to help alleviate the pressures of poverty on pupils in school,” said Lerato Matsolo.

Matsolo said that many young people from Gugulethu and surrounding areas have made a success with their lives but there are few initiatives in which they can invest in to develop young children.

Those at the event were treated to a soulful music from Phumeza Vangqa and live band known as Fabulous Is Us from Makhaza

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