Black Women Arise relaunches

Busisiwe Ntsele

Female empowerment club, Black Women Arise, will be relaunching on 11 September 2016.
Black Women Arise is a monthly book club, as well as an empowerment club for women. It was founded by fourth-year nursing student and 2014 Stanford Sophomore College Alumni, Sebabatso Makafane and Busisiwe Ntsele, who, among many academic achievements, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of the Free State.
Club members meet on a monthly basis to select a book to read and review. The books deal with issues relating to their daily struggles as well as overcoming them. The aim of this is to disprove the notion that black women do not read.
Co-founder, Sebabatso Makafane, says initially the intent was to have a club for all women, however, they realised that the need for black women to be empowered, far outweighed those of other women in society.
The club also serves as a platform for female entrepreneurs to network, hosting events where they invite a guest speaker to inspire the women who attend. Five guest speakers have been invited to the relaunch. They include Pearl Lebusho; career guidance practitioner and founder of Bokamosho Career Guidance and Education Centre and Miss Free State School Pageant, media personality and entrepreneur, Thabang Mashigo; motivational speaker and independent business consultant, Khulile Mtetwa; motivational speaker, Palesa Mosiea; as well as educator and breast cancer survivor, Soso Thamae.
Sebabatso Makafane adds that the club also focuses on issues around women’s health and serves as a network of support where women can share their experiences. She says that although they aim to empower black women, they do not mean to exclude any other race. Makafane says that everyone who is in support of empowering black women is welcome to attend.
The re-launch will be held at the University of the Free State at the Albert Wessels Auditorium on 11 September 2016 at 13:00. – Seithati Semenokane