We recently caught up with Puseletso Modimogale, co-founder of Therapeutic Touch Studios, about an initiative called Woman Emancipate Yourself (WEY), and about their upcoming event on Saturday 11 August.
KT: Who started WEY and what is it about?
PM: Woman Emancipate Yourself is a platform that was started by Therapeutic Touch Studio to reach out to women in our communities. Thokozile Kgongwana, the lady who came up with the name in 2010, used to host small events at her house with about 50 ladies. We saw the need to expand the concept and make it more impactful. In 2011 we partnered with other business owners, namely Keabetswe Modimogale, Catherine Ombeva, Peter Mongezi, and Charmaine Van Der Merve.
KT: What do you aim to achieve with WEY?
WEY is platform women from all types of backgrounds connect, share ideas, get empowered and support each other. For centuries, women have been the strength and pillar of their families. In recent years they have assumed the same role in business, seldom reaching the top. We ask ourselves WHY? The answer lies in Women supporting each other hence our objectives are:
- To give a focus and business exposure to the young and emerging women entrepreneurs.
- Recognise and celebrate the role of women in society.
- Give women a platform to share life experiences, e.g. on socio-economic issues such as parenting, the credit crunch, retrenchments, managing family relationships, divorce, HIV, drug abuse.
- Provide expert advice and support to women in the following critical spheres of their lives.
KT: There is a WEY event this Saturday, please tell us more about it? What topics will be covered?
PM: Yes, the event will be on the 11th August 2012 at Sorex Estate. The theme is IntroXpection. It will be an opportunity for us to explore the notion that any change we want to see in our lives starts with us. Topics to be covered are:
- How to change a negative situation into a positive one
- Finding confidence with who you are
- How to build positive relationships
- What men want from women
- Sex and sensuality
KT: Who are the speakers?
- Criselda Cananda (owner of Positive Talk and MetroFM Positive talk Host)
- Felicia Buthelezi (Chief Editor of I Do Magazine)
- Ouma Tema ( Designer and Brand owner of Plus-Fab fashion Label)
- Nhlanhla Zwane (founder of Man-UP )
- Getrude Mungai (lifestyle specialist from Kenya)
- Puseletso Modimogale (founder of Woman Emancipate Yourself and Therapeutic Touch Studio)
KT: What motivated you to organise this event? Why are events like this necessary?
PM: When we started these events, we wanted to make a difference in women’s lives and to inspire them to have a positive impact on people around them.
In my experience as a somatologist, I’ve found that women want to share their life challenges as part of therapy on my massage bed. I then decided to create a private group on Facebook called Woman Emancipate Yourself (WEY), where women engage and confide in each other, while finding support and advising each other. This platform has proved to be successful in achieving its objectives. Any woman who would like to join us can connect with me on Facebook, under the name Puseletso Maitin. The event is an extension of this platform.
KT: Who can attend this event? And, what can attendees look forward to?
PM: Any woman aged 25 and above. They can look forward to a life-changing day which is empowering and educational, yet full of fun, networking, and live performances by two great artists, Naledi King and Pascaline Modiba.
KT: How can people interested in attending get their tickets, and at what cost?
PM: The tickets are available at CompuTicket, or directly from us at Therapeutic Touch Studio in Pretoria. They can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, requesting a booking form. The ticket costs R650, R50 of which will be donated to Woman Against Rape (W.A.R) charity organization to help with the counselling of rape victims.