Byline: Nonjabuliso Nhlambo

29 August 2022

Asisizaneni women and children hosted a women’s day event in honour and celebration of women on 08 August 2022 at Charl Cilliers Multi-purpose Centre.

The aim of the event was to give awareness on gender based violence and women taking a stand within their communities.

Mrs. Thandi Pooe, the host of the event encouraged young women to do something about their lives and love themselves more instead of cohabiting with men they are not married to and meanwhile those men are also abusive towards them.

She further encouraged women to leave abusive relationships and marriages as the outcome is always unpleasant, either one dies or goes to jail.

Ms Thabeleng Ramashoai delivering a message on Gender Based Violence

Speaking on behalf of Women in Politics, Ms. Nthabeleng reminded women of the events that led to approximately 20 000 women in the year 1956 marching to the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

These women stood up for their rights, now our role in politics is for us to determine what we really want going forward in this nation that we live in.

Politics does not necessarily mean one should be placed in parliament, if there is a sewer in your street we as women need to take a stand in all honesty seeing the times we live under.

Ms Nthabeleng encouraged women to take a stand in issues affecting their communities.

She further explained how much women are abused by their own children and loved ones.

She urged women to acknowledge that gender based violence affects everyone, one should not wait till it affects them personally.

“We need to acknowledge that there is a problem, and find ways of dealing with GBV.

Truth of the matter is the real perpetrators are our fathers and children raised by us, so it shows we have power to the solution of playing a vital role from the upbringing of these children,” said Ms. Nthabeleng in closing.

The event was braced by the presence of Govan Mbeki Municipality Speaker, Cllr Fikile Magagamela.

Women who attended the event