UFH women promote a culture of sisterhood
The women of UFH came out in numbers to attend the University’s first-of-its-kind Women’s Indaba held in September at the Alice campus’ Sports Complex. The event themed, “Celebrating Women” was championed by the Student Affairs Division.
According to the Student Counselling Unit Manager, Ms Thobeka Msengana, the purpose of the event was to gather women in one place to share their experiences, create a common voice and introduce a new culture of sisterhood - on and off campus.
“The programme was designed by women for women and served to inspire women to become the best version of themselves,” said Ms Msengana
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu applauded the initiative, saying such discussions bring positive change. “We need to have more of these engagements, it encourages positive change.” The event came on the back of a Men’s Talk held on the 29th of July which focused on encouraging a positive change in men.
During the event, the VC also took the opportunity to applaud female students who are excelling in their academic studies.
Motivational speaker, Ms Nwabisa Hexana who is a Lawyer by profession and alumni spoke on women’s rights and emphasized the importance of why women should know and use their rights. ‘’For you to use your rights, you also need to start knowing your worth as a woman. You need to know yourself what resonates with your values. If you do not have confidence in yourself, you will likely allow anyone to take advantage of you. Find your voice and be firm. As women we are game changers, we have wisdom, courage and it is up to us to use what God has given us.’’
Social Media Influencer, Ikhona Gogo, who is a Social Worker by profession and an activist for women popularly known for her @KeepMovingDadewethu videos, spoke about the wellness of women. “You need to prioritize yourself and take care of your health and your mental wellbeing. Carry yourself with dignity and do not compromise who you are,” she stressed.
Ms Ngawethu ka Siphiwo, National Director at Miss Commonwealth South Africa echoed the same sentiments shared by the speakers on women empowerment.
The Manager in the VC’s office, Ms Zuki Mabambo reminded the female audience that they were powerful, more than they imagined. “Women were born to be multifaceted and are very creative beings. We were created to build, nurture and lead. We have the power within ourselves and we need to use that power.”