Woman forum discuss issues

2016-08-25 06:00
 GPDF member Thembisa Ngumbela hands over a bag to a residents as part of the gifts handed over on the day.

GPDF member Thembisa Ngumbela hands over a bag to a residents as part of the gifts handed over on the day.

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The Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum did good on its promise on Saturday as it gave attention to women centred issues.

The forum was launched in March this year with the hope of addressing the lack of development in the area, according to a statement.

Last Saturday, the forum hosted the Women in Dialogue event where critical issues concerning women were discussed.

The event was held at Uluntu Educare Centre. According to the forum spokesperson, Yandiswa Mayekiso, health is one of the chief concerns as HIV/AIDS prevalence is high.

“It is important for women to sit and converse about health issues such as HIV/AIDS and cancer so that we can break the stigma.

We also need professionals that will come and share information that is not readily available in our communities such as prevention, treatment and cure of the various diseases that affect our communities,” she said.

Mayekiso said that since the launch of the forum they have focus of youth development, women empowerment as well as seeing that sport programmes are initiated.

“There is a perception that there is not development in Gugulethu and there seems to be no organisation that seemed to address this.

We are very happy to have local municipality officials who are working with us to see that we reacjh our development goals,” she said.

On the day the women from all the various sections in Gugulethu were treated to motivational talk, health tips and a socializing session.

Mayekiso says that this was the first of many activities that they plan that are focusing on women development.

“We are appealing to the community to come and assist and be part of this forum. We need as much support as we can get.

“We have been fortunate that local businesses have supported us thus far but we need the community to come on board as well,” she said.

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