Women fight for their rights

2019-09-26 06:00
Event organiser Asanda Tshendu delivering her speech during the event.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Event organiser Asanda Tshendu delivering her speech during the event.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Concerned women converged at Town Two Park on Saturday 21 September to launch their organisation Imbiza. The organisation which comprises 40 members from different areas was established to encourage women to be independent and fight for their rights.

Event organiser Asanda Tshendu described the organisation as a platform for women to share their problems and help each other. “We believe that as women we are still oppressed and we don’t have value in our communities. So, by forming this organisation we want to stand up and speak in one voice and fight our own battles,” she said.

She stated that they welcome everyone regardless if they are married or not. “We need women who have a passion to make a change in our communities. Someone who believes in herself,” she said adding that they are against gender-based violence.

One of the members of the organisation Nosiphosethu Nyalela said their aim is to assist each other as women. “Sometimes there are things that you can’t share with your siblings or relatives. Now you can come and share them with us as a group. In the group, we have people with different professions like educators, social workers, nurses etcetera. If we are unable to resolve it we will refer that particular person to a relevant a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to assist,” said Nyalela. She said part of the things they do are stokvel, having birthday parties and going out to camps.

However, Tshendu stated that for now, they have a challenge of space to hold meetings. “We don’t have a specific place to have our meetings,” she said.

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