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Women encouraged to break the silence around abuse

EThekwini Municipality marked the 10 years since the Gugu Dlamini Foundation was started by hosting a programme to encourage women to break the silence around abuse, discrimination and stigma on 28 August.

The programme saw a panel of experts from different sectors including the South African Police Service, Department of Social Development and local government sharing their insight on how women can be empowered on all levels.

Gugu Dlamini was an HIV/AIDS activist who was beaten to death in 1998 near the KwaMashu township after publicly disclosing her HIV-positive status.

Ward 45 Councillor Joseph Khuboni welcomed attendees saying women are the cornerstone of communities and therefore should not be marginalised. He urged women to take full advantage of the programme and use the knowledge they gain to empower other women.

“The Gugu Dlamini Foundation has played a meaningful role in uplifting community members. Even in these tough times when the world is facing a pandemic, they have not stopped assisting those who are in need,” said Councillor Khuboni.

Mandisa Dlamini, the late Gugu Dlamini’s daughter and founder of the Gugu Dlamini Foundation said: “The organisation will continue to address gender-based violence and other social ills through various programmes which aim to inform, educate and bring about positive change in communities. For the past 10 years this foundation has dedicated itself towards elevating women from the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu area and will continue to do so.”

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