Girls summit opens world of knowledge

2018-12-06 06:00
Young girls from Nyanga attended a women’s safety summit organised by the Nyanga Community Police Forum.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

Young girls from Nyanga attended a women’s safety summit organised by the Nyanga Community Police Forum.PHOTO: siyabonga kalipa

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The Nyanga Community Police Forum (CPF) held a women’s safety summit on Saturday.

The summit drew mostly young women from the area, who were then divided into small groups in order to share amongst each other some of the challenges they faced.

Dumisani Qwebe, deputy secretary of the CPF, said the purpose of the summit was to engage and motivate young women on their value in society.

“We encourage them to be free from any form of substance abuse, to avoid ending up as victims of crime.

Qwebe said an important part of the summit was the fact that it was planned and organised by the CPF’s male executive members, under the slogan: #notinournames.

Zokwanda Gadala(18) from said the summit was very important for her because at home they do not get to talk to parents or older people about the issues they were discussing among peers.

“At home, it becomes difficult for us to speak to parents about our issues, so, at such events, we are free to express ourselves to other girls who are our age,” she said.

She said they all have issues as young women, but most of the time they do not know where to go to or who to talk to.

Anelisa Gqirana (19) said she has learnt a lot from the summit, and that she learnt from other girls that were there as well.

Gqirana said she is now equipped with what to do when she experiences any kind of abuse or if she sees it happen to someone else.

“My mother encouraged me to attend the summit, she knew I will learn something.”

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