Young women get to net­work – and up­skill

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IN AN ef­fort to em­power stu­dents from higher learning in­sti­tu­tions with knowl­edge and skills, the Bumb’in­gomso Lead­er­ship Net­work or­gan­ised an event for young women at the Ori­ent Theatre in Quigney re­cently.

Small Projects Foun­da­tion com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor Spokazi Tyi­wani said the aim of the Lead­er­ship Net­work Meet­ing was to net­work with young women in Buf­falo City Metro.

“The net­work­ing meet­ing is the first edi­tion for col­lege and univer­sity stu­dents and it stands as an in­for­ma­tion sys­tem to in­form young peo­ple on all our part­ners and in­ter­ven­tions.

“It is also our way of in­tro­duc­ing our­selves and to in­spire the youth to make a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

The event in­cluded a pack­age of pro­grammes such as test­ing for HIV/Aids, STIs (sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions) and TB; in­for­ma­tion on how to con­nect with the right eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties; psy­cho-so­cial sup­port within in­sti­tu­tions of higher learning; as well as a mar­ket day for stu­dents.

Buf­falo City Cam­pus (BCC) stu­dent Unathi Langabi said she had learnt about gen­der-based vi­o­lence and the power of unity among women in in­sti­tu­tions of higher learning.

“I am a Safety in So­ci­ety stu­dent so that was in­ter­est­ing for me to learn more about, as well as the dif­fer­ent pro­grammes that ap­peal to us young peo­ple,” she said.

Tyi­wani said the net­work­ing meet­ing was also a build-up to the upcoming five-day res­i­den­tial pro­gramme that would take place in Stut­ter­heim from July 2 to 6.

“What we do is take young women on a five­day res­i­den­tial pro­gramme, and in the camp, we work on em­pow­er­ing these women with var­i­ous skills that they can teach oth­ers,” she said.

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