Women overcome

2017-08-08 06:00

Women leaders from different areas came together at a conference to talk about hitting rock bottom and learning to rise at Retreat Civic Centre on ­Saturday.

The theme of the conference was “Women Overcoming Adversity” and was attended by about 150 people. It was organised by Dews of Quietness, a non-profit organisation in Steenberg that specialises in victim ­empowerment.

Founded in 2012, the NPO works with learners. They have anti-bullying workshops and do referrals, amongst other things.

The conference was part of the organisation’s celebrations for Women’s Month.

Different speakers shared their stories. Those who attended were entertained with poems, a modeling show and different types of dances, among other things.

Moriedah Dien, founder of Dews of Quietness, says they organised the conference so that women leaders in different communities can learn from each other.

“As part of Women’s Month we decided to hold the conference to share our experiences. We had to talk about where we are coming from and what we did for us to be able to forgive.

“As leaders we have also been through a lot of things in our lives. We accepted it and made a decision to forgive. That was the start of the healing process and as part of that we had to be humble so that we can heal completely. When all these things happen that is when you’re at peace and you understand what you have been through and you now have strength. Through what we have been through we are able to share our experiences and help other people who are going through what we went through,” she says.

Dien says people who are leaders in the communities today have also been through a lot.

“As women leaders we have been through our own challenges but we chose to forgive. Forgiveness is the most important thing. We had to start from the bottom with our problems and heal so that we can help others. There are so many challenges in our communities and, for leaders to be able to stand strong, we had to come together and share our own stories,” she says.

Dien says building each other as women up is very important.

“We have to build each other. We have all been through different challenges but the most important things is how we take on those challenges that makes a difference.

“We are happy to be able to help other people in our communities. It can be really tough out there but with different organisations helping each other it really takes the load off someone’s shoulders. A lot of organisations are really struggling but they believe in what they do, which is very important and support is also vital.

“Women came together to share stories which made us feel stronger and able to carry on with our work.”

Glorya van Niekerk, branch secretary of the Princess Vlei Civic Association, who attended the conference, says women must learn to love themselves first.

“Don’t put up with any form of abuse and know when it is time to leave. Believe me, when someone can’t treat you right there is always someone in the wings who can. Say ‘No’ to any form of abuse. Seek help and make the right decision for your life.

“It was such a wonderful day as we had powerful speakers and we had so many words of wisdom to take home. We are really thankful to the organisers as the women learnt a lot and we were spoilt so much.”


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