UKZN CELEBRATES PROMINENT WOMEN AHEAD OF WOMEN’S DAY
*Caption: Marketing Manager of UKZN’s Extended Learning Program, Nashlene Maharaj
Written By: Neo Potwana
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) celebrated women who are excelling in the twenty first century with a “ high tea” at the ICC on Friday.
As part of the celebration organized by the university’s Extended Learning Department, UKZN’s Marketing Manager Nashlene Maharaj said that the event also served to empower women, not only through education and business but also by imparting healthy lifestyles and knowledge.
Talks ranged from motivational, medical to practical examples coinciding with the event’s purpose of empowering women. Speaking on women’s medical failings and remedial setbacks Dr Lucille Heslop, Specialist in Radiation and Oncology, said, “Incidents of breast cancer have increased.”
Heslop implored women present at the event to “Be careful of pills given by gynecologists“ as “One pill does not fit everybody the same.”
“(As a woman you) have to examine your breasts every month because hormones change from time to time. Examine your breast a week after your menstruation,” said Dr Heslop.
“Just as much as you (women) take care of yourself on the outside, take care of yourself on the inside. Do not live a boil in the bubble lifestyle,” added Dr Heslop.
Flanked with prominent women who are excelling in executive and ownership positions of co-operations, founder and director of Gift of The Givers Dr Imtiaz Suliman was also a guest speaker at this event under the topic ‘Women leading in the fore front of aid work’.
Speaking on interdependence, Charlotte Mokoena, human resources executive for Tongaat Hulett, said that she is studying towards being a coach so to have enough money to spend during Christmas, adding that this is the manner she instills in her sisters.
“I have refused to give money to my sisters. Nobody asks me for money, if you ask me for money you are inviting me to ask you how much you are making and what you are doing with it,” concluded Mokoena.
Other guest speakers were women leading in the marketing profession, medical and human resources.