Hlengiwe Phoswa: influence that will carve footprints on solid rocks

By N.S.D

We live in a society that functions on a system that is conducive to the erasure of women and their influence, because of that, we need women who will stand firm and refuse to be annihilated. The reality is that black women, in South Africa, are oppressed in more ways than one. They are considered last in the corporate world, their well-being is seldom considered important in their own homes and they fear for their lives while walking down the street on a normal spring day. This is why the work that is done by Activator, Hlengiwe Phoswa is so important. There can never be enough organisations who are female-led and aimed at supporting, uniting and bringing healing to women and the societies they live in.

2019 Activator, Hlengiwe Phoswa joined the female-led organisation, Women of Worth Movement Society, in August 2019 after she met founders, Nomfundo Msomi and Nompumelelo Khathi through ACTIVATE! Change Drivers. Not long after joining the organisation, Phoswa was appointed as Deputy Secretary. She now sits as the secretary of the organisation.

The Women of Worth Movement Society was established in 2016, its objective is to improve the lives of women holistically, using psychological methods including that of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in ways that are intended to achieve the following:

  • To see Psychological and Emotional wellness among women,
  • For women to look at themselves in the mirror and see beauty!
  • For women to Flourish and Prosper!
  • For women to gain self-confidence
  • To see women gaining skills such as Financial skills, Entrepreneurial skills, Educational skills, etc.

“This organization was established after the founders identified various issues affecting women in their communities. They realized that most of these issues are psychological and they stem from people’s backgrounds and environments, hence the reason why the organization uses psychological methods to address these issues”, explains Phoswa.

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Based in Pietermaritzburg, KZN, the main beneficiaries of this organisation are “women who are witnessing and have been impacted by gender-based violence, those with past hurts, marginalized women and those who are looking to lead a meaningful lives”, she adds.

The Women of Worth Movement Society has worked and partnered with local organisations such as Sosopsbiz Foundation, Pacsa, Brand South Africa, Embrace, Umgungundlovu TVET College and Act Ubumbano. Their biggest achievements, to date, are the successful and impactful events and dialogues that they have organised.  These events and dialogues have led them to meet and consolidate partnerships with other like-minded organizations. “We have been identified as an implementation partner for the Phakamisa Girls Economic Empowerment Program, a project that seeks to empower girls and young women from a very young age, to adopt a world’s view that empowers them economically, socially and culturally”, explains Phoswa.  “We have managed to build a reputable brand”, she revels.

“As a growing movement, we are hoping to increase our footprint to other areas so we can definitely partner and collaborate. We are also looking forward to receive transferable skills where possible from other champions within the same industry”, says Phoswa. Other Activators can contribute and assist with partnering with the organisation. Phoswa can be reached through social media on the following handles:

Facebook: Hlengiwe MaGemase Phoswa

Instagram: @hlengiwe_enhlet

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