MASERU — At least 50 women, most of them professionals, met at Pioneer Mall last Friday for a get-together dubbed Ladies Only Night.
The event was organised by Pioneer Mall’s marketing manager Thato Pekeche.
Pekeche told the Weekender that she wanted professional women to come together, socialise and unwind, away from the pressures of work.
“Ladies Only Night is an idea that is designed to get women in one place, exchange notes and be inspired by other successful women,” Pekeche said.
“It is a night where women sit back, relax, forget about work and family, learn something new and look at themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.”
She said they had tried to target professional women in Lesotho and women who are seeking to get “somewhere in life”.
Local businesswoman Nkeletso Theko, Busi Ntsele, an image consultant from Bloemfontein and Matseliso Polisa, a local wine expert, were among some of the guest speakers.
Ntsele spoke about personal branding while Nkeletso Theko, who introduced a modern Seshoeshoe cloth, spoke about her successes in the fashion industry.
Theko runs a classy clothing boutique, Pouty, which is situated at Pioneer Mall.
She also spoke about how she began her career as a businesswoman.
Polisa’s wine presentation was aimed at empowering women with wine-tasting skills and how to blend food with wine at every meal.
She said all women should ensure that wine is always on their shopping list adding it had immense health benefits when consumed in moderation.
“The idea behind the event was to tell women that success is possible in any field of endeavour.
“We wanted to bring women from different careers so that we could share their stories about their journeys to the top,” Pekeche said.
She said the event had also given the women a rare platform to network.
“I have been organising events where women network and build solid relationships where they are always there for each other.
“When I returned home from Johannesburg I saw a gap and wanted to build the bridge. I realised that local women don’t have time dedicated to them,” Pekeche said.
She added: “When women get a chance to mingle it is mostly at family gatherings or funerals. Nights like these are dedicated to them.”