Lentswe, Klerksdorp - Women from all spheres of life, government, church denominations, political formations and business gathered at the municipal chamber to discuss the governmental agenda and societal challenges on Monday 28 August.
The Matlosana Women’s Caucus chairperson, Cllr Selina Sithole urged women to take centre stage in life irrespective of challenges.
“The battle is not won while there are still women living in abject poverty, and the increase in children dropout rates from school.
“The brutal abuse and killings of women and children escalate faster than the inflation rate and is a cause for concern. We will continue fighting for women empowerment for skills and other resources,” Sithole said.
She said it was time that business and other sectors come to the party in tangible women empowerment programmes.
As a woman, the Khuma Station Commissioner, Col Patricia Selehelo is worried about victims opening cases of abuse and rape and later withdrawing it.
Selehelo said this happens due to family pres-sure or a perpetrator being a breadwinner in the family.
She said the sad part of it is that families often think about their reputation, ignoring the ordeal the complainant could be going through, he or she is expected to suppress the feeling and act as if everything is normal.
Women were encouraged to instill good values in their children.
“Parents should know that they are role models of their children, so whatever they are doing in front of the children, are copied whether it be good or bad behavior.
“Women were encouraged to champion good social values and instill them to their families. They were known to be community builders in the old days; so they must encourage each other and help one another,” municipal spokesperson, Ntswaki Makgetha said.
Their way forward is that women should belong to forums or form support groups in their areas.
And that they should also take advantage of government programmes that support and fund cooperatives.
“Other government entities like the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) support business startup in a form of a grant, mentorship and provide business skills free of charge,” Ntswaki Makgetha said.