Story by: Motsieng Mooketsi
Jouberton: Immediately after the fun walk took place a follow-up event which focused on women and young girls kicked off at Brazil Stadium, The dialogue was the idea of The Thabo Pelesane Foundation and Lu_On_Thought by Lungelwa Mkhuzo under the banner “Discussions about us cannot happen without us“
The host Lungelwa Mkhuzo is a passionate women’s rights activist and a skilled writer from the township of Khuma, her opening remarks spoke unity in purpose to empower young women to value themselves in life.
The dialogue had some of the most powerful women in society, power in a sense of being driven to make a change in the community they live in and succeed at inspiring the future generations.
The panel had Thuli Seokolo who is a beauty peagent queen and current Miss Classic SA Jacarranda, Sibongile Tshabalala from the TP Foundation, Mabo Malaza who is in the mining industry at Anglo Gold Ashanti, Dr Valencia Simmons who is a medical doctor and Ntsoaki Ntlabati from Ubank.
These women gave a talk to the young girls and women who listened attentively. every speaker who stood up spoke about the challenges they face in life, at work, in their communities, at their homes and the dialogue got emotional when the mic was roaming aroud and the young women started to open up about the life experiences they are faced with currently in their and tears started running down their cheeks. This echoed the idea that more of such dialogues should be hosted.
Mrs Mabo Malaza came with the initiative to sponsor a trip to the movies for a group of young girls from different schools around Matlosana, the girls are going to watch Black Panther an all black superhero movie which has been produced, written, directed by black people ever in the history of Hollywood, Mabo told the young women that they will have a dialogue about the movie after watching it.
Mrs Ntsoaki Ntlabati clksed the event and gave a massage of support to the initiators of the dialogue and thanked everyone for being part of the women and girls discussion.