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Ms Kanagie Naidoo, Ms Gugu Gule, Ms Normah Zondo, Professor Xoliswa Mtose and Dr Tshidi Gule

Ms Kanagie Naidoo, Ms Gugu Gule, Ms Normah Zondo, Professor Xoliswa Mtose and Dr Tshidi Gule
Photo: Sphamandla Gumede

OVER 200 UNIZULU women staff descended to the King Bhekuzulu Hall to celebrate Women’s Day. The women were dazzled and mesmerised by the young entrepreneur and Author Dr Tshidi Gule. Dr Gule, author of the best-selling book, Rough Diamond spoke on health, leadership excellence, entrepreneurship and mentorship. Addressing staff members, Dr Gule encouraged women to take leadership positions in society. “By just being alive it gives you the opportunity to impact your own life in someone else’s life. We need to celebrate life,” she said. Dr Gule who’s also the Founder and Executive Chair of Medispace Lifestyle Institute told the gathering to take good care of their health. She encouraged women to eat well and exercise their bodies so that they age well. UNIZULU Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Xoliswa Mtose said it was still worrying that women continue to be burdened by disease and to be discriminated. Also more worrying is the violence directed at women. “So many of us continue to be harassed, victimised and butchered by those who are supposed to be our protectors,” said Prof Mtose. As we celebrate this milestone, let us remember the heroic 20 000 members of the Federation of South African Women who, together with Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie Williams and Lilian Ngoyi, risked detention, banning and arrest for the freedoms we enjoy today, she said.“The women who marched to the Union Buildings all those years ago risked everything by standing up for what they believed in. Now the onus is on us the women of today to ensure to get off our comfort zones and start making a difference,” said Prof Mtose. “Today, we unite to make the women of the past proud, the women of the present inspired, and provide the women of the future with vision. I hope gatherings like this will continue to provide a unique and global opportunity to reignite, inspire and channel women’s equality for the future,” said Mtose.