Women encouraged to be proactive

2017-12-07 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedEzomnotho founder Nqobile Cele (left) wand Department of Communications deputy minister Thandi Mahambehlala.

PHOTO: suppliedEzomnotho founder Nqobile Cele (left) wand Department of Communications deputy minister Thandi Mahambehlala.

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UGU District Municipality in partnership with the Zomnotho Community Development Centre held a women’s seminar at Margate’s Desroches Hotel last Saturday.

The seminar was held under the theme “empowering women and recognising women in their different fields”.

The event coincided with the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse.

As part of government’s initiative, government communication and information system participated in the event through the office of the deputy minister of the Department of Communications, Thandi Mahambehlala who was guest speaker.

Mahambehlala emphasised the role of women in community development. She told attendees that she is a daughter of a domestic worker, but managed to navigate through life and became what she is today.

“People like Zomnotho founder Nqobile Cele are the future generation and wish to see more women uplifting each other and working towards developing the economy of the district.”

She further indicated the role played by the current government in fighting the battle of HIV/Aids.

“Women should lead the fight against abuse and social ills. Such incidents of abuse should be reported to law enforcement so the perpetrators are brought to book and face the full of the law,” she said

Mahambehlala called on the district’s women to join the world on December 1 in commemoration of World Aids Day. She applauded Zomnotho Community Development founder for partnering with local government in addressing challenges facing Ugu women.

The event was three-fold - during the day there was exhibition by stakeholders, artists showcased their talent ranging from fashion design to art work in a form of traditional attire and government departments and GCIS displayed government information that is helpful in the development of women in their area of focus.

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