DURBAN HOSTS CONFERENCE TO EMPOWER WOMEN IN BUSINESS
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
EThekwini Municipality hosted the 9th Annual Women Empowerment Congress 2015 at the Durban International Convention Centre on Thursday.
The aim of the conference was to enhance the participation of women in development programmes, which is essential not only for achieving social justice, but also for reducing the
triple challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment.
Businesswomen shared ideas with their peers on how they have developed their businesses in order to inspire others who are already running businesses and those aiming to become
Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, encouraged unity among women in the business sector and that women should acknowledge the pioneers of the
women’s movement in the country, understanding that when they empower each other, they empower the nation.
“I am honoured to be here today, not only speaking on the issue of women empowerment, which is one that is very dear to me, but also addressing a vibrant group of women who have
it well within their grasp to change this world for better.
“We are here today, owing to the sacrifices of the heroines who fought for the emancipation of women; our country will forever be indebted to them. Due to their selfless acts, South
African women have taken their rightful place in parliament, government, the private sector and civil society,” added Dlodlo.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala said that the Municipality has united with trustworthy companies to ensure that women in business are capacitated with business skills
particularly in male dominated sectors.
“As government we believe that women play a pivotal role in transforming the economy of our country in order to address unemployment, poverty and equality. The Municipality has
established programmes to empower women, which is more important now as the country enters its second phase of our democratic transition, which focuses on radical economic
transformation,” said Shabalala.
“This will surely position the Municipality as a City that supports the development of women by creating an enabling environment for them to access business opportunities and create
sustainable livelihoods,” added Shabalala.