By Lungile Moyo
Pelandaba Inspire Women and Children Skills (IWCS) celebrated international women’s day on 8 March at Pelandaba Inspire Women and Children Skills centre in Bulawayo; the event was a way of inspiring, uplift and empowering women from Bulawayo to work hard and be self-confident.
Speaking to Amakhosikazi Media, Gift Muthelethwa the project coordinator for IWCS said that as an organisation they chose to celebrate women’s day under the international theme ‘Balance for Better’ as a way of enabling, motivating and elevating women in their communities.
“As an organisation we saw it fit to organise this event so that women can come together to discuss about issues of concern, inspire, uplift and encourage them to recognise their worth”, said Muthelethwa.
She also said that as an organisation they are encouraging all women to shine and be courageous.
Mandy Halgreen, an author and life coach, who was a guest speaker said she is passionate about issues to do with women and she would like to encourage and inspire them.
“l want every woman to be confident about who she is, in any circumstances she is a worthy woman. I think every woman needs to gain inner confidence in everything they do”, she said.
“For me as a woman this day helps me to remember that women have a place and a role to play and they are not underneath anybody and they deserve all the respect and recognition in every sector”, she added.
The organisation also invited a lawyer (legal adviser) representing an organisation called Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) who gave legal advice on inheritance and marriage to women as a way of making women become aware of the laws which assist them.
Mary Nindi Ncube (40) from Magwegwe said this day is important to her as it makes her reflect on the importance of women in the society because of the part they play at home, in their families and in the community at large.
Lindiwe Ndlovu (47) said she benefited a lot from the legal session which has brought a brighter light to most women on issues of marriage and inheritance and motivational speakers who somehow strengthened women in their motivational speech.
Asked about the background of the organisation Muthelethwa said Inspire Women and Children Skills is an organisation that began four months ago and it seeks to inspire and uplift women in the community it also seeks to help women with life skills and change their lives for the better and its vision is to inspire communities to have better lives.
International women’s day is observed each year on the 8th of March celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while calling for gender equality.