Organisation bridges gap between women

Some of the women who participated in the session on Saturday.

Women Rise in Prayer, an organisation established earlier this year, is making inroads in ensuring that young girls are empowered.

Formed by Mrs Lithemba Mnyamana, the organisation’s mission is to bridge the gap between young women and older and wiser women.

Lithemba, who married recently, felt there is no platform for young married women to engage older women.

Some of the things that the organisation seeks to do is to create a platform for young women to be self-sustainable and independent, and still not lose sight of the values of marriage.

She has many events planned. The Hour of Prayer was her first event, held at the St Peter’s Anglican church in Khayelitsha on Saturday. The world is marred with many ills such as violence and hatred. The recent incidents of gender-based-violence, with the highlight of the moment, the Omotoso trial, has shaken the country badly. The church’s mission is only realised when the church becomes a voice of reason during these trying times. The women met in church with one vision, to say “Enough is enough”.

Young and old, married and single, there was no discrimination.

Women joined in prayer asking the Lord to have mercy on the women and young girls of South Africa. The line-up included the parish rector’s wife, Anita Joko.

A very spiritual woman, Mam, as clergy women are affectionately known in the church, blessed Ms Mnyamana.

Ms Nomadakazana Sibalikhulu reminded women to love and support each other. Women are struggling in this world for they do not love each other. They are blessed beyond imagination, but drag each other down for they were not taught self-love.

Ms Mnyamana reminded the women that they have a purpose but for them to realise the purpose they need to go back to God.

Also in attendance were girls from Uxolo High School, whom she assisted with their matric ball. She has taken the girls under her wing to ensure that they do not derail in life when faced with challenges, as life is only beginning for them. The day ended with a lucky draw where one of the attendants won a free nail-pampering treatment, a first for this age-graced lady. A Women Rise in Prayer T-shirt was also up for grabs. It was then time for a nice snack and exchanging of contact details, with Ms Mnyamana urged to have more events. More info about upcoming events and motivational videos can be found on the Facebook page Women Rise in Prayer.