At­tor­ney gives women a boost

Daily Dispatch - - News - By NONSINDISO QWABE

EAST­ERN Cape at­tor­ney Buhle Tonise has made a name for her­self in law, but the 29year-old’s heart is geared to­wards em­pow­er­ing – and up­lift­ing – women to be role­play­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties and sur­round­ings.

She started her own law firm five years ago af­ter feel­ing that an 8am to 5pm job would sti­fle her in her bid to fo­cus on her pas­sion for women em­pow­er­ment.

Today, the Du­tywa-born at­tor­ney’s thriv­ing com­mer­cial law firm is based in Jo­han­nes­burg with of­fices in Du­tywa and Mthatha.

This free­dom, she says, en­ables her to plough back in to the com­mu­nity, through a com­pany she founded two years ago – Shevo­lu­tion Africa. The em­pow­er­ment move­ment brings young and older women to­gether to learn from one an­other.

She said she took it upon her­self to host spon­sored pro­grammes, where be­tween 50 to 70 women, com­pris­ing women role mod­els, as well as those re­spond­ing to her Face­book in­vites and a num­ber of dis­ad­van­taged women from the area at­tended.

The pro­gramme com­prises di­a­logue ses­sions where the busi­ness­women give talks on their life and work ex­pe­ri­ences.

Last Sun­day, she hosted the move­ment’s third drive – the first in East London – at the Ground X ho­tel near the air­port. She has also or­gan­ised sim­i­lar pro­grammes in Du­tywa and Mthatha.

The gath­er­ing at Ground X ho­tel saw 70 women rub shoul­ders with Frere Hos­pi­tal CEO Dr Ro­lene Wag­ner, OR Tambo mayor No­makhosazana Meth, TruFM sta­tion man­ager Tobeka Buswana and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive Le­an­dra Pelser, who shared their ex­pe­ri­ences in their lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

The Face­book page is called Shevo­lu­tion Africa. —


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