Women empowerment seminar in PMB

2017-06-28 06:02
Dudu Busani-Dube was a guest speaker at the Sukuma Ndlovukazi women's seminar that tackled social issues that affect women. PHOTO: SOURCED

Dudu Busani-Dube was a guest speaker at the Sukuma Ndlovukazi women's seminar that tackled social issues that affect women. PHOTO: SOURCED

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ONE in four South African women is abused by her partner, a harrowing statistic that was brought up at the Sukuma Ndlovukazi (women rise up) seminar at the Imperial Hotel last Saturday.

The seminar was an empowerment session for women with speakers giving financial management­ advice and a panel discussion that tackled topics such as gender-based violence.

“We need to be women who know better - black women who know better. In light of the increasing number of reports on the abuse of women, it is important that we as women support each other,” said one of the organisers of the seminar, Slindile­ Xhakaza.

A representative of an advocacy group against sexual and gender-based violence, Thursday in Black, Sibusisiwe Chibambo, urged attendees to join the organisation and support its cause, which is to ensure the people live in a society free of violence and rape.
People who want to know more about the campaign or who want to join the organisation can visit www.thursdayinblack.co.za or go to their Facebook page Thursday in Black - Student Edition.

Guest speaker Dudu Busani-Dube, who is the author of the Hlomu book series and a news editor­, spoke about her books and how she juggles her professional work and creative time in terms of her producing her self-published novels­.

Speaking about how she defines herself as a writer, she said: “People ask me all the time whether I write from a feminist point of view, but I always respond by saying you have to define feminism according to what is happening today. I write from a young, black woman’s point of view.”

Busani-Dube’s books touch on several themes, including women abuse, which was one of the subjects discussed at the panel discussion.

“We can’t paint all men with the same brush.

“There are good men out there and we have to give them credit,” said one panellist, Dr Chibambo­, who spoke about gender-based violence­ and the role that both genders can play in terms of addressing this issue.

Chibambo said another important intervention­ was that of ensuring that the boy child is afforded­ equal knowledge as the girl child and is empowered so that they grow up to play positive roles in society.

Another panellist, Telavukosi Mabasa urged women to not only be wary of physical abuse, but also emotional abuse.

One seminar attendee raised a point on gender-based roles, saying these persist and downgrade women both in the workplace and at home.

“Men need to try their best to understand the pressures that women deal with in order to avoid speaking past each other, but rather so we can speak to each other.”

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