Movement to empower women

2019-08-20 06:00
One of the challenges the group faces is that of a venue to host their workshops. They would appreciate any good Samaritan to donate a container or a space for them to use.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

One of the challenges the group faces is that of a venue to host their workshops. They would appreciate any good Samaritan to donate a container or a space for them to use.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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They have had enough of the negative stories about their area constantly making headlines and decided to start something to change the negative narrative.

Jacqueline Cupido, Ismail Adams and Kaylen Isaacs started a movement called FaceUp Manenberg in 2016.

Cupido says they started with 30 members and the number has since increased. They intended to start a movement that would create a dialogue, make a positive impact and change the mindset of the people.

“We were fed up of all the bad news about our community and decided to start this organisation to spread positive news and stories about our home, Manenberg,” she says.

Cupido says they have partnered with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in and around Manenberg – those that have similar goals to them. Their activities include celebrating national holidays and special events.

“We gather weekly, engage in sports, games, building sound relations, excursions, educating and empowering our youth to rise above our circumstances. We spread a positive message and motivate our community of Manenberg,” she explains.

During Women’s Month, they hosted an event titled “Sisters In The Hood.” According to Cupido, the event was aimed at empowering the girl child’s mind, body and soul.

“Throughout our lives, we have seen and experienced many situations where women are almost natural victims to gender-based violence in all its forms. They know no better and this becomes a norm forcing them into poverty, looking for ambition and hope for a better future,” she explains.

She says they knew a once-off event would not achieve their desired objectives with their girls. They then extended it to a 12-week programme that included facilitating personal development workshops.

“The workshop serves to grow their individual capacities and be ready to fight off the social injustices that plague our community and robs us from a pleasant community,” she explained.

With this programme, Cupido says they envision a community filled with powerful women who know who can stand firm, protect themselves and others from repeating the vicious cycle.

She adds it is important to start growing communities from grassroots levels, changing mindsets, lives and honouring one another in all they do.

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