9 August is Women’s Day and is celebrated to remind us of the role women played in changing the course of our country’s history.

On 9 August 1956 over 20 000 women of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds came together to protest against the apartheid Pass Laws.

Their common slogan on that day was “When you strike the women, you strike a rock”.

On 19 August, the Nelson Mandela Chatsworth Youth Centre will celebrate this day with an interesting and confidence-boosting event to be attended by mothers and daughters.

Called ‘Me and My Mom’, participants will celebrate the unprecedented freedom and opportunities they enjoy today. The event will encourage women to strive to be the best they can be.

Five amazing women, with different achievements will tell their stories using pictures on a big digital screen.

Nasreen Khan (yellow scarf), Eunice John (blue) and her daughter Camille

Nasreen Khan, a 30-year old marine biologist will talk about her one-year stay on Marion Island in the icy cold Antarctica, while doing research on whales and seals.

Her amazing pictures of her encounters with the whales and seals, her long overnight hikes alone through the island that went on for days sometimes, her early childhood dreams and her love for the environment will greatly inspire woman.

Eunice John a local mother of three children will talk about her humanitarian work in India and South Africa, how she was detained for 6-weeks under Trump’s immigration laws while trying to visit her two college going children in America and her trials and tribulations while being suppressed and chained during her incarceration.

There will be other stories from brave, strong and pioneering women that have defied all odds to achieve what they have set out to do.

The event on Saturday, 19 August at the youth centre will start at 12.45pm. Lotus FM will also broadcast a live talk show from the venue.

There are limited tickets. High school girls wanting to attend must obtain free invites from their schools. It’s compulsory that they attend with their mothers. Schools wanting invites must contact Clive Pillay on 061 429 2574.

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