Africa for Africa Women's Accountability session hosted in Mbizana
Following the global observation of International Women’s day, the Eastern Cape Provincial Government held the Africa for Africa accountability session at the Mbizana Youth Centre, in Mbizana, on Thursday.
The session was a follow-up to the Province’s opening conference, which was held in Port Elizabeth 2015.
During the conference, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle emphasised the allocation of appropriate budgets to programmes aimed at combating gender inequalities.
He also identified food security (in the immediate term) as one key area where women can play a major role to contribute meaningfully in the economy of provinces.
The conference also noted a need for the mainstreaming of cooperatives to participate in the economy.
This year, in line with the International Women’s Day 2017 theme, the campaign sought to locate “women at the centre of global economy for sustainable development”.
Speaking at the conference Mbizana Mayor Cllr TD Mafumbatha said that “Mbizana is a rural Municipality that wants to ‘Be Bold For Change’.”
She added that; “We don’t want to just say ‘Be Bold for Change’, but we want to do it so that when we talk about change people can also see it in their households.”
To make this change possible, women from the Mbizana Local Municipality have established income-generating projects, including clothes and uniform making cooperatives.
Also, speaking at the conference, Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, said that the Social Development will continue to assist until the women’s projects are making products that meet market standards.
“Our wish is that they sell uniforms to Edgars and Pep,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the women, Ms Nomfundo Gcwabe thanked the Social Development for helping them.
“I want to thank Social Development for training and showing us ways to operate our businesses,” she said.
Gcwabe also mentioned the funding that was given to them by the development was changing their lives and improved their businesses.
“Today, we have structures in place that identifies us from others, all thanks to the funding that Social Development gave us that made our lives easier,” she said.
Images: Eastern Cape Social Development MEC, Nancy Sihlwayi, vists the women's stalls at the Africa for Africa accountability session at the Mbizana Youth Centre, in Mbizana, on Thursday.
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