Thursday, 06 December 2018
Bloemfontein: The Free State Provincial Government successfully launched the 16 Days of Activism For No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, on November 23, 2018, under this year’s national theme: #HearMeToo, at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium, in Botshabelo.
During the occasion, various government departments and stakeholders made commitments to assist in the development of women, in line with the 2018 sub-theme ‘Women of Fortitude’, which focuses on unlocking women and girls’ lives, reaching for those furthest behind through strengthening both rural and urban activism.
Amongst the myriad of commitments made on the day, was a commitment to train and mentor 23 identified women in the business of Business Fashion and Haute Couture.
A three day training and mentoring programme, which commenced on 3 December 2018 and continued until 5 December 2018, was facilitated by Mosadi Mmelehi Women Empowerment Programme, based in Bloemfontein.
“We shall work tirelessly to end all forms of abuse, but also ensure that women and youth are also empowered.” said Premier Sisi Ntombela.
The Free State provincial government made a commitment to empower a group 23 women who had previously served their respective communities as councillors throughout the length and breath of our communities across the five districts of the Free State province.
Yesterday; 05 December 2018, Premier Sisi Ntombela was in Freedom square; Mangaung; Bloemfontein, to witness the implementation and success of an idea she had conceived for the benefit of women empowerment to curb dependence that continues to see many women become victims of violent abuse within our communities.
Yesterday’s ceremony was used to award the beneficiaries with their certificates of completion in Business Fashion and Haute Couture.
“Women must be the driving force in our economy. Demographics within the country must begin to be reflected in numbers of women in strategic economic sectors and and leadership positions broadly.” stated Premier Ntombela
Premier was accompanied by MEC for Police Roads and Transport Hon. Sam Mashinini; MEC for Human Settlements Public Works and Infrastructure Hon. Dora Kotzee; MEC for Sport Arts Culture and Recreation Hon. Mathabo Leeto; Executive Mayor of Matjhabeng Local Municipality Councillor Nkosinjani Speelman and Executive Mayor of Nala Local Municipality Councillor Mokgoje.