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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Unconventional Woman Girls Talk Program

The Unconventional Woman is an outreach program that my friend (Yena Mgobhozi) and I have started.  We speak to young girls from underprivileged schools about sensitive topics and also offer advice on careers, self-image, goals and health. 

We also educate the girls on being unconventional in a society that demands for girls to be conventional. We explain that the unconventional woman/girl is brave and is willing to be unique and different than her peers. She is a lover of knowledge, not only knowledge that can be gained from books, but also knowledge that is passed down to her by others, such as teachers and parents. The unconventional woman/girl is willing to break norms and rules to strive to be better than herself and her surroundings. Without a doubt this woman/girl is always willing to give back to others. We make it clear to the girls that the unconventional woman/girl is not in a select few but is in every girl and woman, who is willing to be unconventional.       

The school we picked for our girls talk/outreach program was Nozala Intermediate School. The school is located in Bloemfontein, in a township called Phahameng. The school is a co-educational school with grades 1-7 with a total number of 700 students.The principle granted us the opportunity to talk to all the grade 7 girls.  We addressed issues such as self image, body positivity, relationships, peer pressure, sexual orientation, living a health lifestyle and how to set goals and achieve them. 

As Yena is in the hospitality industry, she explained and informed the girls about maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. She furthermore gave them tips on the type of foods they should eat for a balanced diet. I spoke to the girls about having a good self image and how self confidence is imperative. I also gave them tips on how to set goals and how run after their dreams. 

The response we received was astounding. They asked questions, told us about their fears, insecurities, dreams and revealed some of their darkest secrets. With all that being said, there was also a lot of laughter and jokes that was shared amongst the girls with us. 

It was such a remarkable and emotional experience to see the girls open up to us and allow us to share our knowledge and experiences. After the talk we enjoyed some cupcakes and juice with the girls. They continued to ask more questions and asked if we could come back, as they had really appreciated having some 'girl' time.   

One of the most fulfilling moments was when we heard that one of the girls had told her teacher that she felt excited and motivated about her future and is definitely going to attend university!

 'Unconventional Woman Girls Talk Program'  is more than a program but a movement. We realised giving back to others does not need copious amounts of money, it just needs your time and compassion. As 24 year old black females navigating our way to success, we truly hope this movement will encourage more young girls to be fearless and unconventional and inspire more women to give back!

Love & Scribbles



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