Women urged to take reigns and manage

2017-01-12 06:01
 Event MC Ndileka Mxalisa flanked by some of the attendees.

Event MC Ndileka Mxalisa flanked by some of the attendees.

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Young women were encouraged to take a lead in their lives during a conference organised by the New Crossroads Baptist Church at Ikhwezi community centre recently.

The event was held in partnership with Radio Tygerberg and featured speakers, ranging from Idols contestant Lusanda Beja.

Organiser Thulisa Patu said the vent was aimed at “empowering young women”.

She said speakers emphasied the value of education, faith and abstinence.

The turn out even surprised the organisers, young ladies from the ages of 13 to 27 came in large large numbers.

“I think the word spread out on social media and the hall was packed to capacity,” said Thulisa.

She stressed that quantity of attendees was not the only thrilling part but the message delivered by speakers.

“We were honored to have Gugulethu’s very own Idol, Lusanda Beja as one of our guest speakers, and he was encouraging the girls not only from a spiritual perspective but he was mainly emphasizing on the real life issues that young ladies face,” she said,

Beja warned the young women about the “dangers that lurj behind the red carpet”.

Whilst not deterring them from reaching their God-given potential, he said the red-carpet life that most fantasize about was not as glamorous as it appeared.

“It comes with more responsibilities, rivalries, betrayal and other challenges. You should focus on getting educated and building your careers rather than chasing the paparazzi life,” he said to a thunderous applause.

Beja touched on scourges of morekis, the blessers and suga daddys and warned the young women to tread carefully.

Thulisa said Beja’s message was spot on because “today’ young women were being preyed upon”.

“Coming from the horses’ mouth, the young ladies received some insight to what guys really mean when they say that they love them, and how they get lured into bed with money.

“Dating older men who will provide for your financial needs or being with a guy who will give you the ‘love’ that you never get at home, are not the only shackles that young ladies find themselves bound by,” she said.

Teenage pregnancy was one of the biggest social binds that resulted in further poverty, unemployment and dropouts.

The young women heard Nonzame Pike sharing her story.

Pike is described as an epitome of perseverance because she found herself in the circumstance of having two children before finishing matric.

However she turned her life around and went to achieve an honours degree and now works at the Gugulethu Day Hospital.

Master of ceremonies Ndileka Mxalisa said: “Our main purpose was to reveal to young ladies their true identity and ultimate purpose in life.”

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