The Pearls Annual Dinner this year will not only be about women dressing up, dining and celebrating femininity, events Manager, Roseline Panzirah says that, for their third dinner, the women have taken it a notch higher as the event will be more about restoring dignity for underprivileged girls.
The event, which was founded 3 years ago by Gina Goni, according to Panzirah was for women to have networking space with each other “and just be women”. But this year, the members will do more than just network as they will give out 1000 sanitary pads to underprivileged girls. Usually, the event encourages women, from various backgrounds, including business, politics, and academics to come together for the one night to enjoy their femininity without worrying about it compromising their profession or position at work or in society.
“Women are hardly allowed to just succeed in their fields just being women, society has certain expectations of them; they have to lace up the position with some form of masculinity;either in the way they dress, talk or carry themselves. A woman who just prefers to be dolled up and look pretty at work or anywhere (position of power) is not as much respected,” she told Weekend Life.
At the annual dinner which will be held on December 3 at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, various speakers will address attendants, including Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development and Member of Parliament for Mahalapye East, Botlogile Tshireletso, who will be keynote speaker for the night. Another notable who will be present at the dinner is South African Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Thoba Karla-Halla. There will also be a specialist presentation on women rights under the topic “Gender in the Workplace” as well as a presentation by a gynaecologist.
According to Panzirah, the society is already in talks with social workers to help them identify families who have girls who might need the sanitary pads. The intention is for every one of the 1000 identified girls to get supply for up to one year.
“Condoms are free, and sex is a choice but sanitary pads have to be bought although menstrual periods are not a choice,” she asserted.
“A lot of young girls miss out on their lives because they do not have sanitary pads. A girl will just sit there and not participate in anything because they are having their period but don’t have pads, they will fear even getting up from where they are seated. Some even miss school.”
Earlier this year, the UK announced that there would be no VAT on sanitary products, some countries like the US have moved to provide free tampons and pads in schools, something Panzirah hopes will be the case for Botswana one day.
“We have women like boMma Tshireletso in our corner, we hope that with time the country will get to make such decisions that affect girls and women’s lives in a huge way. One step at a time,” she said.
According to her, from now on, annually the Pearls Ladies Convention will aim at providing identified girls with the sanitary pads that will last them one year and are targeting the whole of Botswana. “While we are working with social workers nationwide, we also call forward anyone who is aware of such a family or girls who may need the assistance,” she said.
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On Saturday 29 October 2022 (11:00- 15:00) Bash Connektor will be presenting their 1st TatsoConnekt Leading Women Brunch which will be hosted by Basadi’Bash’Masimolole. Tatso. A Setswana word. Taste .Tatso / ta-tso/. verb.
The Brunch will be held at Myhomecafe by Mogobane Dam and tickets are selling at P650 per person. Only 50 tickets available and sold through pre-booking. The value of the offering will be a brunch meal + bottomless mimosas + connekting conversations that matter with leading women in corporate and entrepreneurship. This is an inspirational / empowerment connekting session for Women.
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With a sponsor or funding, Basadi Masimolole’s ultimate goal is to have visual podcasts and empowerment connektor sessions at villages as part of cultural tourism and contributing towards the Botswana Government’s Rural Areas Development Program (RADP).
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