IN line with Women’s Month celebrations across the country, Queen of High Schools, a young women’s empowerment programme in partnership with Yonwaba Nathi Projects & Promotions and Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, successfully hosted its sixth annual Young Women’s Leadership Camp at Sweetdale Camp recently. Fifty participants from high schools under Ray Nkonyeni Municipality spent a weekend participating and learning in programmes aimed at instilling self-esteem, encouraging leadership, and strengthening relations and support amongst young women. Activities included team-building programmes, problem-solving techniques as well activities to improve communication skills. The camp was facilitated by a group of young female medical doctors.“Young women from disadvantaged backgrounds battle to maintain their dignity and self-esteem due to their poverty stricken families. The camp was designed to equip these young women with knowledge through dialogues, information sharing and outdoor leadership activities,” said organiser Sthembile Nxumalo. The opening ceremony was honoured by the following guest speakers: Dudu Khowa, Ugu District Municipality Manager Special programmes; Sister Dudu Ndlovu, Operations Manager Thuthuzela Care Centre; Sthembile Nxumalo, Founder of Queen of High Schools Programme and Sindisiwe Mkhize from Ugu District Department of Health. During the camp young women were also taught about feminine health, hygiene and self-love.The Department of Health supported the programme with a mobile clinic where participants voluntarily tested for high blood pressure, diabetes and HIV.“We believe this initiative is a vehicle to be utilized to fight social ills affecting teenage girls in our communities. We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, the main sponsor of the camp, for their continuous support of the programme [and] the doctors, who came from all corners of South Africa and volunteered their time in building and empowering young women from Ray Nkonyeni,” said Nxumalo.