On the 9th of August 2013 , it was announced that I was chosen as a POUT AMBASSADOR for the KZN region. It was finally so good to be able to tell everyone.
So am sure most of you reading this are asking POUT? WHATS THAT?
Here is the story behind POUT…..
POUT stands for Powerful, Outstanding, Unique and Talented. We believe that every young woman should have the confidence to say that they are Powerful beyond measure, Outstanding for every effort they make, Unique for there is no one like them and Talented because they are blessed with the ability to contribute to society!
Pretty cool right ! So what is POUT actually about ?
POUT is a self-empowerment movement for young women. It is a platform for inspiring stories, opportunities and information that will equip the youth in going after their dreams and being the best they can be.
When I was approached by Zaza Motha,I was literally gobsmacked to be offered this role to empower young women in South Africa.Zaza is the founder of the POUT MOVEMENT, “POUT is a result of my life’s journey and I believe that a lot of young women will find relevance in the message that it carries. POUT was formally founded in 2012.”
POUT BENEFITS YOUNG WOMEN WHO NEED:
1. To build or grow their confidence.
2.To feel good.
3.Career growth opportunities.
4.To prepare themselves for mentorship relationships.
5.To fulfill their vision or ambitions.
6.To contribute to society.
WHY POUT FOR YOUNG WOMEN?
Great strides have been made by government and organisations in increasing women’s participation in the economy. With this said, women still have a long way to go in realising their full potential. Investing in young women to realise their potential everyday will assist them in spotting opportunities that will build them, particularly their self esteem, in order to realise their potential and groom it.
POUT also aims to highlight the work that is done within the country and the continent to harness women’s participation in building the nation. This will also relay the message of opportunities that are available to young women.
“Only 3.6% of CEOs of the 300 companies (surveyed in the 2012 Women in Leadership Census) listed on the Johannesburg Stock
exchange are women. If you consider that those companies control between 80% and 90% of the South African economy, while women make up 52% of the population, it is clear that women have a very small voice on how the country’s economy is run” – President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA), Kunyalala Maphisa, (www.destinyconnect.com).
“A true democracy is characterised by the full and equal participation of women and men in the formulation and implementation of decisions in all spheres of public life. No country can call itself democratic if half the population is excluded from the decision-making process”. – As quoted by Satang Nabaneh, a child rights activist and women’s rights advocate from The Gambia, in her paper titled “The Power of Women’s Political Participation in ECOWAS – 2012”.
“Women constitute more than 50% of all unemployed people in this country and they also constitute a majority of all casual or contract workers. Those in the rural areas suffer from triple oppression because they are victims of gender, racial and economic oppression.” – Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla (Mail & Guardian article, Business Section, 8 August 2011 by Natasha Marrian).
A lot of facts and figures can be churned out about the condition of the South African or African woman. POUT aims to tackle such issues in a creative way and make them accessible to every young woman across the country.
It also aims to promote and instil a sense of confidence in young women so that they can go after their goals. Whether they choose to do that in the social, economic or political sector, the POUT sister will know that everything is possible.
POUT WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS
The POUT website serves as an information portal for young women. This is where they will get inspiration from stories shared by people who are successful. POUT is also a place where peers can influence each other in a positive way and celebrate each other’s growth. Opportunities for personal and career growth will be on the website for young women to utilise to follow their dreams and be the best they can BE.
Very honoured to be chosen as a POUT AMBASSADOR 🙂
2013 is turning out to be a rather impressive year in the life of me, I can only imagine what 2014 wil bring 🙂
ps will kep you guys updated on my POUT journey