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Girls with Goals reaching out to women of worth

Two young women from Khutsong have made it their mission to empower women and teach them their worth. Nompumelelo Dukwe (21) and Boitumelo Matshediso (23) both attended Potchefstroom Technical High School in 2009. In around 2013, they started discussing the idea of forming an events company that offers women empowerment programmes.Their motto is “Aspire to …

Two young women from Khutsong have made it their mission to empower women and teach them their worth. Nompumelelo Dukwe (21) and Boitumelo Matshediso (23) both attended Potchefstroom Technical High School in 2009. In around 2013, they started discussing the idea of forming an events company that offers women empowerment programmes.Their motto is “Aspire to Inspire”. For the next three years, they came face to face with social issues in Khutsong like unemployment, poverty and teenage pregnancy. Many of their friends are single mothers and the girls knew they had to do something. They formally registered their business, Girls with Goals in 2016. “We realised that there are fewer women who are employed than men and we wanted them to believe in doing something for themselves,” says Boitumelo passionately. “Women need to improve their lives when there is no other hope,” adds Nompumelelo. They noticed that young people, while motivated, often lacked the inspiration to drive them to achieve their goals. Their aim is to preach self-reliance in a society that largely depends on hand-outs from the government. “Our biggest joy would be to see girls, especially in Merafong, being self-inspired,” they said. The girls collaborated with the Khutsong Literary Club and Neo Influence on the thoughts and views sessi
on on Freedom Day and with the screening of a local documentary at Badirile High School on June 16. They will be launching their company on 6 August and will be hosting a women’s empowerment seminar at the Sports Complex in Carletonville. They are alsopart of the “Promise a Pad” campaign to collect and distribute sanitary pads to high school girls in Khutsong. Contact them on email: girlswithgoals2016@gmail.com, Facebook: GirlswithGoals, 072 126 1325/078 165 7124

Boitumelo Matshediso and Nompumelelo Dukwe
Boitumelo Matshediso and Nompumelelo Dukwe

 

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