By Boitumelo Makhurane
Aminatu Foundation is on a drive to equip women and the girl child with skills and tools to protect them from all forms of abuse and discrimination through gender equality programmes.
Addressing participants at a workshop, code-named Kasi Insight Girl Child Stories at Magwegwe Club Wednesday, Advocate Nonhlanhla Moyo urged women and girls to open up on issues affecting them in the community instead of using drugs to escape their problems.
”If you are abused anyhow make sure you report to the police for assistance,” said Moyo.
She went on to challenge girls not to degrade themselves but to fight to have a voice in a patriarchal society.
”We need more women to be lawyers, politicians and so forth,” she added.
Another panelist, Engineer Lindiwe Ndiweni, encouraged girls not to easily give up when faced with life challenges.
”Do not allow anyone to tell you that you cannot do anything; just push to reach your goal,” Ndiweni said.
One of the girls who attended the workshop, Thando Sibanda, later told CITE she benefitted from it.
”I benefitted a lot from this programme because I can now report any form of abuse without fear of being victimised,” she said.
Aminatu Foundation’s mandate is the empowerment of women and girls at various levels and to nature innovation through promoting inclusive leadership in a gender-sensitive society.
The Foundation seeks to enable the girl child and women to effectively participate in leadership positions and decision-making in the political and economic sphere.
Co-founder of Aminatu Foundation, Bhekubuhle Ncube said: “Kasi Insight Girl Child Stories is a programme/workshop in line with our objectives which are, to equip women and girl child with skills and tools to protect themselves from all forms of abuse and discrimination through gender equality.”
She added: “Aminatu Foundation is also in the drive to initiate programmes to empower women and the girl child. We are initiating two programmes one will deal with website development, the other will be on life coaching and legal aspects around March.”