Local NGO nurtures girl power

2013-08-31 00:00

NEWCASTLE sisters Haseena and Shameema Patel have made it their mission to empower girls by showing them how much inner strength they possess.

The sisters founded the Leave No Girl Behind International NGO in 2010.

Today the NGO will be hosting an “Empowered Girl — Empowered World” seminar at the St Dominic’s Academy in Newcastle.

Empowered Girl — Empowered World will feature both national and international speakers such as author Nicolette Lodge, honoured activist Betty Makoni and Haseena Patel.

Speakers will also address the seminar via video presentations, singer-songwriter Nianell being one of them. They will be using their vast knowledge and experience to help girls build themselves up.

The seminar, like Leave No Girl Behind International, is all about showing young girls that they can impact the world around them.

“We founded Leave No Girl Behind International because we wanted strong, female contributors from around the world to come together to help young girls become aware of their own strength. At last year’s event we got a lot positive feedback. Hopefully this year we will also inspire those who attend,” Haseena Patel told Weekend Witness.

This year Leave No Girl Behind International has teamed up with Girl Child Network Worldwide and St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle to make the event even better than last year.

There will also a platform for girls from different schools in Newcastle to share their experiences. They will take the skills they learn at the seminar to form their own Leave No Girl Behind power circle, a new tool that the organisation is launching nationally and internationally at the seminar.

“The ripple effect from one individual’s action moves masses of like-minded individuals to change our world. One empowered girl inspires earlier and later generations to improve the world for all people,” she said.

Tickets for the seminar are R30 for adults and R20 for pupils in school uniform.

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