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Network hosts fashion boot camp

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Mohalenyane Phakela

LOCAL ladies will be joined by their Batswana and South African counterparts at a fashion and entrepreneurial camp on 26 November at Banesa Gardens in Sehlabeng in the Berea district.

Dubbed the ‘Military Camp’, the event was organised by the Divas Network Lesotho with the aim of empowering women through various entrepreneurial and entertainment activities.

The theme of the day will be the military style regalia that has taken over from the all-white look in fashion.

Divas Network Lesotho representative, Tsholo Motsie, this week told the Weekender they would also launch a mobile application at the event as part of their efforts to empower women.

“Our primary objective has always been to give women an entrepreneurial platform where they can showcase and sell their products hence all our events have a flea market, Motsie said.

“The whole idea is to encourage women to support each other in business. We will also take the opportunity to launch a mobile application which will contain the database of women entrepreneurs in the country.

“All our events carry a fashion theme to make them more exciting and meaningful. Besides military attire being extremely stylish, this will also symbolise that women are warriors.”

She said they would also raise funds for the #HlokomelaBanana initiative aimed at addressing the sanitary towels problem affecting young girls.

“We hope to reach out to at least one school per district from each of the events we host.

“We will also commemorate 16 days of activism against child and women abuse,” she said.

Established in August this year, the Divas Network is a network of women bound by the common aims of empowering, motivating and encouraging harmony and inter-dependence among women from different backgrounds.

“We target women in business, aspiring entrepreneurs, leading women in communities, careers and any woman looking to gain knowledge, support and resources across a wide range of industries and interests,” Motsie said.

“One of our primary objectives is to fulfill our job creation mandate, #500jobsbydec2017. It is a huge task to create jobs for women through the network and we aim to ensure that women understand and support this initiative.

“We have also noted that large numbers of women are not able to balance their personal and social lives, so this event will take them out of both corporate and family environments and give them the opportunity to recharge.”

She said although there were Diva Networks in South Africa and Botswana, the concept started in Lesotho.

“The mother network remains the Diva Network Lesotho which holds copyrights. Due to its popularity we have joined forces with Botswana and South Africa to establish similar networks which will run under the leadership and auspices of the Lesotho network. The network has gone international in a very short space of time,” she said.

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