In this month, not only should women be celebrated for their achievements, but they also need to unite in order to overcome challenges. This was the theme at Nondzwakazi Methodist Church Women’s High Tea event in Gugulethu on Saturday. At the event, locals were invited to discuss issues around their health, finance and emotional well being.According to event organiser Julia Ndlovu, while there has been great strides in women empowerment, there is still room for improvement. “This why we feel like we should gather and find a way of us as women can work together to improve the status quo. Women are still oppressed in the workplace and at their homes and we need to change the mind-set that it is ok(to be in that situation),” she said. Ndlovu said that one of the most important issues discussed was the abuse suffered by women in their homes. “First of all, we have a big problem of women who sell this troublesome drug called Tik. Its use by our children leads to them attacking and abusing their mothers. They steal money and items in their homes. The elderly women are robbed of their grant by their drug and alcohol addicted grandchildren. We have to address this serious matter because many of them suffer in silence,” she added. Guest on the day included Dr Noluvo Gumbi, who addressed health and lifestyle issues as well as inspirational business woman, Nomfundo Macuphe. Macuphe is the founder of Blissful Wellness Clinic, a beauty therapy company with more than 30 employees. Macuphe’s rags to riches story of how she came from being homeless to being a successful enterprise owner captured the crowd’s attention. She said she lived on the streets before she was offered a place to stay by a friend who also offered her a job in the beauty industry. “It is important to understand that the situation you are in is temporary and that it must not change you. Use your difficult times as a motivation for you to succeed and make use of the opportunities that are there for women entrepreneurs,” she said. Ndlovu said in conclusion that the event also helped raise funds to support their social upliftment projects.