Women around the world are often relegated to the side-lines and excluded from having a say in decisions that affect them and their communities. Nevertheless, women all over South Africa continue to defy the odds by standing up for what they believe in and making huge impacts in their communities.
As we continue to celebrate women making her-story we would like to introduce you to one of the amazing women who is making a mark in her community by lobbying for decent housing and facilities for backyarders in her community. Today we honour and celebrate Lungiswa Ntshuntshe, a vibrant Active Citizens Training Programme (ACTP) participant and Chairperson of Mandela Park Backyarders, a community-based organisation in Khayelitsha. Lungiswa is a remarkable young community leader and activist who is standing up for what she believes in and making the voice of her community heard through advocating for decent housing and basic services for backyarders living in her neighbourhood.
At Development Action Group, we understand that the lack of women participation in important decisions is detrimental to community development. In this regard, DAG places special focus on providing direct assistance to communities by building the capacity of civic leaders with the main focus on empowering women and the young people. We strongly believe that women have a voice and that if they are given equal platforms and opportunities as their male counterparts, they can promote real change in and around their neighbourhoods and cities.
This #WomensMonth we call upon all women to stand up tall and get involved and be active in their communities. Take action to be part of something meaningful! Getting involved in an event, campaign, project or group which advocates for something you believe in is a great way to start a movement or shake things up a little!