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Unity in Africa Foundation Women of Worth Mentor Programme presents “Alison”

Jul 26, 2016
Unity in Africa Foundation Women of Worth Mentor Programme presents “Alison”

In April this year the Unity in Africa Foundation launched its Women of Worth mentoring programme hosted in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Mentees were sourced from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and the mentors are from all fields of the workforce – from the home executive to the chartered accountant.

The response from mentors and mentees was overwhelming. With 46 mentors and 56 mentees we are ecstatic about the desire for women to motivate and support one another. The purpose of the UinA Women of Worth programme is to inspire, encourage and motivate female students from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to acquire life and leadership skills in order to enable them to develop their full potential.

Last year’s UinA/NMMU Women of Worth programme culminated in a high tea and were inspired by the inspirational woman of worth guest speaker, Alison Botha, a proud ambassador to the WOW programme.

Botha is a renowned inspirational speaker who rose above a tragic and near fatal attack in December 1994. Her story is of how a courageous woman found the inner strength to triumph over intense physical and emotional trauma after two men abducted, raped, stabbed and disembowelled her.

They left her for dead after slashing her throat 16 times. Alison’s refusal to become a victim continues to inspire people around the world and inspired over 500 guests at the UinA/NMMU Women of Worth High Tea.

This year the Foundation is bringing the gripping ordeal of Alison’s survival to a Port Elizabeth cinema in the documentary “Alison”. The film will tell the story of the brutal attack and what has happened in her life since.

The movie screening will be paired with a cheese and wine. Alison, the Producer of the hybrid movie, Uga Carlini and the people who were at her side during the ordeal will be present. Tickets are R130 with all proceeds being ploughed back into the mentoring programme.

The Unity in Africa Foundation is a public benefits organisation which believes in bridging the equity gap and overcoming the intergenerational poverty through educational programmes. The Foundation furthermore wants to open doors to learning both inside as well as outside the classroom creating active and engaging citizens tackling key social issues.