WOMEN WITH A BANG EMPOWERMENT
By: Nothando Mkhize
The inspiring talks of the night were entrenched from a statement that was once said by the legendary Opera Winfrey, “For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody
there to show you the way out.
The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and my school.”
This statement affirms that success does not happen by itself and one cannot achieve this by oneself.
Many young South African women are faced with a situation whereby they do not have mentors or inspirational people first at hand to give them support and guidance for
remaining aspiring of an enlightened future.
“Your life is your message to the world, make sure it is an inspiring one,” said Principal of Varsity College, Margi Boosey during her welcome speech.
Boosey, later added that it is important for women to be educated, because it makes one hold on to the beliefs that a potential future can be accomplished.
Urban Life ‘n Style editor Aaliyah Mia, and her 20-year-old daughter Iman Mia, were present at the event to speak on the importance and value of mother-daughter relationships.
“Of all the things that I have achieved in my life, I always have my daughter in mind.
To be a mother is a gift, not a right, privilege or a reward. She is my only child, so I became her best friend,” said Mia.
“I am a warrior (worrier), in both senses. I will fight for what I want. Mother-daughter relationships are shared values and for that I say it is important to empower our girl children,”
“Make a good relationship with your mother. Only your mother understands you and mentors you to become a better person than you were yesterday.
It is all about humility at the end of the day,” said Mia, who has been selected to be part of a debate at the United Nations later on
Chairperson of Businesswomen’s Association in KZN, Mpume Langa, emphasised on the part of women finding solutions because there is a crucial necessity for minds that create.
“Our country is a country of consumers and not creators,” said Langa.
There is a huge gap in finding problem solvers, if women do not play their part then there will be an absence of growth as a country.
We have been knocking on doors for support towards this educational opportunity.
We wanted to contribute towards education, something that would last you forever rather than tickets to a show that will last you only a day,” said Kini Shandu, the host of Big Bang show
on Gagasi FM.
Events Manager Sané Ndlovu said, “As Varsity College, we are very happy that we got to participate in such an initiative. We hope to see the ladies that received bursaries today grow
and make a substantial change in their lives.”