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Focus on women’s wellness<p>​</p><span><p>More than 100 women from various suburbs, including Philippi, Schaapskraal, Sir Lowry's Pass, Kleinvlei, Ravensmead, Fisantekraal, Elsies River, Khayelitsha, Wesbank, Manenberg and Langa attended today's event which included health awareness talks, art therapy, entrepreneurial opportunities and pampering sessions. </p><p>The Women's Month event is the latest in a series of ongoing, city-wide interventions by the City's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department, to empower women, and strengthen families.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:938px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p>'While we applaud the great strides made in capacitating women and putting them on an equal footing, this month shines a spotlight on the continued social issues women face. I want to encourage our women to take up the opportunities offered by the City such as the Women for Change programme which gives them the opportunity to play a more active role in their communities,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</p><p>In June, 784 women took hold of the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and graduated from the Women for Change programme.</p><p>The majority of the women who participate in the programme are tenants in the City's rental stock and they are trained and deployed throughout the city to help uplift areas where City-owned rental stock is situated. </p><p>The women in the programme are drawn from across the city and were placed in schools, clinics, libraries, early childhood development centres, NGOs and provided with a number of training opportunities including substance abuse, gender based violence, entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, and First Aid.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:352px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>In the past year, the SDECD has also disbursed more than R3 million to various gender-based programmes run by women's shelters, through grant-in-aid funding.</p><p>'There are a number of opportunities available to our residents, throughout the year, and I want to encourage women to fully exploit these. I also want to remind them of the many free services offered by our clinics, including screening for cervical and breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes , sexually transmitted infections, as well as TB and HIV testing and treatment. Women are the backbone of our communities and at times they need to be reminded to take time and care for themselves,' added Councillor Van der Ross. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:615px;" /> </figure><strong>​​End</strong></span><p><br></p>2022-08-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#b466e385-15f9-4615-92d7-9777946b50cf;L0|#0b466e385-15f9-4615-92d7-9777946b50cf|Women;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#9b1e3979-5f39-4c6a-b0e1-05c0a44b8372;L0|#09b1e3979-5f39-4c6a-b0e1-05c0a44b8372|Women empowerment10

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