Net­work hosts fashion boot camp

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL ladies will be joined by their Batswana and South African coun­ter­parts at a fashion and en­tre­pre­neur­ial camp on 26 Novem­ber at Banesa Gar­dens in Sehlabeng in the Berea dis­trict.

Dubbed the ‘Mil­i­tary Camp’, the event was or­gan­ised by the Di­vas Net­work Le­sotho with the aim of em­pow­er­ing women through var­i­ous en­tre­pre­neur­ial and en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

The theme of the day will be the mil­i­tary style re­galia that has taken over from the all-white look in fashion.

Di­vas Net­work Le­sotho representative, Tsholo Mot­sie, this week told the Week­ender they would also launch a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion at the event as part of their ef­forts to em­power women.

“Our pri­mary ob­jec­tive has al­ways been to give women an en­tre­pre­neur­ial plat­form where they can show­case and sell their prod­ucts hence all our events have a flea mar­ket, Mot­sie said.

“The whole idea is to en­cour­age women to sup­port each other in busi­ness. We will also take the op­por­tu­nity to launch a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion which will con­tain the data­base of women en­trepreneurs in the coun­try.

“All our events carry a fashion theme to make them more ex­cit­ing and mean­ing­ful. Be­sides mil­i­tary at­tire be­ing ex­tremely stylish, this will also sym­bol­ise that women are war­riors.”

She said they would also raise funds for the #Hlokome­la­banana ini­tia­tive aimed at ad­dress­ing the san­i­tary tow­els prob­lem af­fect­ing young girls.

“We hope to reach out to at least one school per dis­trict from each of the events we host.

“We will also com­mem­o­rate 16 days of ac­tivism against child and women abuse,” she said.

Es­tab­lished in Au­gust this year, the Di­vas Net­work is a net­work of women bound by the com­mon aims of em­pow­er­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and en­cour­ag­ing har­mony and in­ter­de­pen­dence among women from dif­fer­ent back­grounds.

“We tar­get women in busi­ness, as­pir­ing en­trepreneurs, lead­ing women in com­mu­ni­ties, ca­reers and any woman look­ing to gain knowl­edge, sup­port and resources across a wide range of in­dus­tries and in­ter­ests,” Mot­sie said.

“One of our pri­mary ob­jec­tives is to ful­fill our job creation man­date, #500job­s­by­dec2017.

It is a huge task to cre­ate jobs for women through the net­work and we aim to en­sure that women un­der­stand and sup­port this ini­tia­tive.

“We have also noted that large num­bers of women are not able to bal­ance their per­sonal and so­cial lives, so this event will take them out of both cor­po­rate and fam­ily en­vi­ron­ments and give them the op­por­tu­nity to recharge.”

She said al­though there were Diva Net­works in South Africa and Botswana, the con­cept started in Le­sotho.

“The mother net­work re­mains the Diva Net­work Le­sotho which holds copy­rights. Due to its pop­u­lar­ity we have joined forces with Botswana and South Africa to es­tab­lish sim­i­lar net­works which will run un­der the lead­er­ship and aus­pices of the Le­sotho net­work. The net­work has gone in­ter­na­tional in a very short space of time,” she said.

SOME of the mem­bers of Di­vas Net­work Le­sotho.

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