This month, August 1-31st is Women’s Month, which is dedicated to all women across the world and Botswana is a signatory to this declaration. The development dates back as far back as 9th August 1956, when more than 20,000 South African women of all races staged a march on the Union Buildings in protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act of 1950, commonly referred to as the “pass laws”.
Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of the women’s movement around the world. Just recently, in commemoration of the milestone month, a local women-oriented syndicate dubbed Mmamotse Glow Events brought under one roof women from all walks of life for the coveted High-Tea companionship in Mokolodi, near Ramotswa.
The event hosted this past Saturday had brought together women from different media industry disciplines where discussions ranged from women upliftment to encouraging and supporting each other’s course.
Held under the theme ‘Sparkle and Glow – what every woman should radiate’, the weekend’s affair was appositely designed to encourage women to boldly be the agents of change with a strong emphasis on women to play an active and leading role in the media industry.
Furthermore, the aims and objectives of the entire event was to empower women who continue to conceal their sparkle regardless of their life statues. The event further sought to help and encourage women to tightly work together in future for their betterment as well as to give and provide a platform to women in various businesses to advertise themselves.
Speaking at the event, the chief organizer, Daphney Phama encouraged all women to be open minded to opportunities and not to allow their socio-economic compass, be it educational or physical, determine their future prospects.
“It is important as women to once in a while gather in these setups to bring up reports of what it is that is happening on the ground that affects us. We are our society’s primary bond thus this high tea is very important to equip us with all the necessary life skills and lessons.
Through exchanging these life notes, we are all able to grow and equip each other with all the necessary skills needed to tackle not only life’s challenges but we are able to navigate and operate our businesses with ease,” she said briefly.
Guest speaker at the event and Media personality, Gaona Dintwe gave an inspiring speech, narrating her life journey which encompassed her early days in the world of broadcasting at Botswana Television (BTV) and Radio Botswana 2 (RB2) respectively, until she ultimately metamorphosed into owning and leading her production company dubbed Gaona Live – which she co-owns with her sisters.
Despite it being new and fresh in the market, Gaona Live has enjoyed an international stint airing on the DStv channel, Zambezi Magic. Dintwe was the ‘it’ girl of the national broadcaster before leaving her employer to focus more on her personal projects.
Other speakers included Marea Otlaadisa and Atlarelang Mmolotsi who also shared Dintwe’s sentiments of determination and persistence in a male-dominated media playground. Those in attendance were also serenaded by the melodious and leading voice of Jazz musician, Punah Gabasiane-Molale.
Other attendees were media personalities, Mbakisano Kudwana Tjiyapo and Thato Maseko of Woman for Change Agency among many others.