On the 28th of August, in celebration of Women's Month, the spirit of women came alive in Meadowlands at the Chief's house. The Gauteng Liquor Forum, together with NTHA, hosted an outstanding event to celebrate the contribution and significance of women in liquor and township trade.
In attendance was a whole host of women leaders from the different branches of the GLF, NTHA and their supporting amenities. Represented was the Gauteng Liquor Board, SAB, Brandhouse, gay and lesbian activists, Cathseta and Spotong magazine as their media partner.
Different speakers shared pearls of wisdom and motivation with the ladies. Pinky Tiro, who is one of the longest trading female liquor traders, spoke about how women should continue to encourage and enforce responsible trading among themselves and fellow traders. Issues around not selling alcohol to minors and pregnant women were discussed.
The main speaker, Mike Shamba, who is a motivational speaker, spoke of women’s month not only being about recognizing women but capturing the spirit of women and keeping it alive in the trade.
Another speaker delved into the issue of acceptance for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children. She encouraged the women to learn more about these personalities to better understand them and in turn reduce prejudice against people with different sexual preferences.
GLF, together with NTHA, hosted an outstanding event to celebrate the contribution and significance of women in liquor and township trade.
Female speakers gave words of appreciation to the women of 1976 who took to the streets to demand respect and equality for women. This, they felt, is the reason they are able to be accepted and respected female traders in a male dominant industry that it is.
The venue was filled with an air of gratitude, pride and absolute joy as the women continued on to a warm meal prepared by the local Ndofaya caterers. Next year GLF and Spotong magazine have vowed to take the event a step further by having more women present to come and celebrate the life they share as liquor traders, family heads and community leaders.