Women unite dur­ing Her­itage Month

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Hun­dreds of young women from around King Wil­liam’s Town gath­ered to close off Her­itage Month with sport, song and dance ac­tiv­i­ties at Bath Fare Sta­dium in Zwelit­sha on Satur­day.

The cel­e­bra­tions were hosted by theBumb’in­gomso Lead­er­ship Net­work with the theme for the day be­ing #BeMoreCul­tural.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor for the Small Projects Foun­da­tion Spokazi Tyi­wani said the di­a­logues were aimed at ad­dress­ing cul­tural prac­tices that en­cour­aged bad be­hav­iour and the event was a plat­form for young women to dis­cuss old cul­tural prac­tices they may have felt had no place in the fu­ture.

“Through this event, we are try­ing to cre­ate a move­ment of young peo­ple who know who they are and where they are go­ing,” Tyi­wani said.

“One of the di­a­logues was about con­sent and con­dom use.

“We found that myths and so­ci­etal norms in­hib­ited young women from ne­go­ti­at­ing safe sex with their part­ners so we are try­ing to em­power them to make the right choices when it comes to their bod­ies and ne­go­ti­at­ing safe sex,” Tyi­wani said.

Those in at­ten­dance were urged to make use of the Bumbin­gomso Call Cen­tre which con­nects Buf­falo City Metro youth to pro­fes­sional ad­vice on health, life, ca­reers and ac­cess to sup­port ser­vices.

In­for­ma­tion packs and mag­a­zines were handed out and the young ladies in at­ten­dance learned about dif­fer­ent as­pects of the pro­gramme.

Pic­ture: ZAVELA MAKWABE

MOV­ING FOR­WARD: Women tak­ing part in the Bumb’in­gomso Lead­er­ship Net­work’s Her­itage Month cel­e­bra­tion

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