Facing the world, one hurdle at a time

2015-11-26 06:00
Sihle Silwana wants to motivate young girls.Sakhe Silwana wants to motivate girls.

Sihle Silwana wants to motivate young girls.Sakhe Silwana wants to motivate girls.

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Being a teenager, and particularly a female, in Khayelitsha isn’t easy.

Most girls need guidance and support from elders, parents or outsiders to guide and inspire them to be better women.

Khayelitsha is no stranger to crime, unemployment, teenage pregnancy and alcohol abuse.

I feel there is a need to raise awareness about the value and future of young girls in the area, seeing that peer pressure can either make or break one.

Young women and girls are under constant pressure to go out or sneak out of the sight of their parents, just so they can prove their “girlness” ot “hipness”.

Others don’t have guardians to keep watch over their activities, so they end up mostly on the receiving end of acts unbecoming.

This is a saddening trend and have henceforth resolved to do something about it.

It is obvious that these young girls do not have role models to look up to.

By penning this article, it is my aim to reach out to young girls and to get them to think about changing their lives.

I am in my early 20’s and I have already achieved a lot, academically and socially. I’m all about empowering other women and reaching for goals and I want this attitude to rub off on young girls.

I am a television presenter at Cape Town TV, Miss Earth South Africa semifinalist, a businesswoman and I am currently studying towards a career in medical law.

I would like to use this opportunity to empower young girls through motivation. I have had the experience of working with groups of volunteers and have discovered that I can inspire people to outdo obstacles in their path.

It is only when people appreciate the bigger picture that they start applying themselves fully to the cause. I would like to see myself develop further in this regard in a professional sense.

And I can think of no better way to achieve this than to be working in teams with a common goal.

I am a dedicated, passion-driven individual with a burning desire to add value through the efficient application of myself to the task at hand.

After all, it is what the person presents and is willing to offer that makes them successful at the end of the day and

Being a part of these initiatives has made me more confident and helped me avoid peer pressure while growing up.

Extra mural activities have moulded me into the person I am today and I wish for others the same.

I believe that as women we owe it to each other to help uplift ourselves to make our country a better place.

I want other young girls to become and think like women of substance.

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