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Doek drive gains momentum

Weekend Argus logo Weekend Argus 2018-09-08 ASANDA SOKANYILE
a person wearing a hat: Thandi Mavatha © Provided by Independent Media Thandi Mavatha Cape Town - More than just a trending hashtag or gimmick to get tongues wagging on social media, Doek on Fleek is a movement which started in 2016 to celebrate and empower women.

Tomorrow the movement will host another event where women are invited to don their head wraps and enjoy a day interacting with each other, founder Thandi Mavatha said.

She said the event strives to connect women from all walks of life. “The struggle of women in our society has been a universal struggle, and my goal has always been to unite women from as many different backgrounds as possible,” Mavatha said.

“To support the communities we go to, we have done our best to try and enlighten our fleeker with some information transfer from women-oriented organisations such as Frica Women Innovation and entrepreneurship forum.

“They can also expect to be informed about some exciting business opportunities and ways to empower themselves at work, at home and in their communities,” Mavatha said.

The picnic-like event takes place in a garden type of environment, where guests are welcome to bring camp chairs, picnic blankets and baskets.

The inaugural event was themed “doek it like your mother taught you” and was meant to be a one-off event inspired by Mavatha’s dream of creating a women empowerment platform where women could sell products and create a means of financial freedom.

Born in KwaZakhele in Port Elizabeth 36 years ago, Mavatha said she was influenced by her grandmother to be financially savvy and slick with her earnings. Her grandmother sold sweets for a living and later became a local micro-loan lender in the community.

Now what was meant to be a once-off Mother’s Day event attracts more than 1 000 women per event and has made its way to various parts of the country. The movement has also made waves in Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland.

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