THE POUT MOVEMENT
By: Khethukuthula Lembethe
There are countless stories left untold in South Africa, several of them about women. Many women wait for someone else to tell it for them.
POUT is a self-empowerment movement for young women. It is a podium for inspiring stories, opportunities and information that will equip the youth in going after their dreams and being the best they can be.
The movement was officially founded in 2012 by Zaza Motha, a journalist and entrepreneur. She started working on the movement from the age of 14 using scrapbooks to fill them with her dreams, ambitions, newspaper and magazine articles as well as her writing.
Copious young girls keep secret diaries and journals where they keep their thoughts, hoping that they will be kept safe and locked in the pages, protected from cover to cover.
“Writing healed me,” she says, she wrote her pain down after witnessing the death of her mother at the age of seven in 1991, when she was killed by a stray bullet during the unrest in Dube, Soweto. She made it a mission to tell her story.
POUT stands for Powerful, Outstanding, Unique and Talented. The POUT movement believes that every young woman should have the confidence to say that they are Powerful beyond measure, Outstanding for every effort they make, Unique for there is no one like them and Talented because they are blessed with the ability to contribute to society.
Motha explains how collecting information from various sources allowed her to spot opportunities that contributed to her growth. “My scrapbooks provided a lot of joy and enlightenment as they contained information and pictures that made me feel good.”
Great strides have been made by government and organisations in increasing women’s participation in the economy. With this said, women still have a long way to go in realising their full potential. Investing in young women to realise their potential everyday will assist them in spotting opportunities that will build them, particularly their self esteem, in order to realise their potential and groom it.
Women in South Africa need a platform where they can tell their own stories the way they want it to be told. “POUT is a result of my life’s journey and I believe that a lot of young women will find relevance in the message that it carries,” Motha says.
We all have a story to tell, one way or another your story could help and inspire someone else. POUT is a key for many women to unlock their feelings and dig deep into their own stories.