Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Five (5) to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, the Girls Empowered Project hosted its final workshop session on Saturday, 21 November, to reflect on 2020 and develop a clear vision and cement SMART goals for the year ahead.
Introspecting on 2020, the event commenced with a reflection session where the beneficiaries shared their greatest lessons and achievements, and how they rose above their challenges.
Sharing her story, one of the matric learners expressed, “This year has been challenging. I am doing grade 12 and my school work was left behind during lockdown. I suffered from depression. However, I did something about my situation. I went for therapy for my depression and got myself a tutor to help me catch up with my school work so that I can continue with my studies and achieve at the end of the year”.
Women Leaders South Africa believes in teaching girls to be the authors of their lives, by constantly practicing the habits of not only dreaming big, but putting their dreams into actionable goals and not being defined by their circumstances. To assist the girls with mapping a clear path into 2021, they were taught about the SMART method that would help them clarify their ideas, focus their efforts, and use their time and resources productively.
We had guest appearances from multi-talented, Voice over Artist, Elma Akob and MTV Shuga and Scandal actress, Lerato Walaza, who both emphasized the importance of dreaming big, setting SMART goals and committing to taking small everyday steps to achieve one’s dreams. The workshop ended with a dignity packs handover, where over 100 sanitary towels were donated by Assupol Cares Foundation. The Isago Development Project facilitated a hygiene workshop highlighting personal hygiene and addressing some of the stigmas attached to feminine hygiene.
In our quest to empower young women we have impacted 30 beneficiaries from the Atteridgeville community. We managed to receive 178 sanitary towels from various donors since June 2020. A total of 128 sanitary towels were provided to the beneficiaries. We have also successfully provided a total of 103 dignity packs bi-monthly. Each dignity pack includes one, sometimes two packs of sanitary towels, a roll on, tooth paste and tooth brush, body lotion, bath soap that would last them for a month or two.