Friends-initiative offers hope to Women in South Africa to Restart

CAPE TOWN. – 1000 Women Restart, a comprehensive and wide-ranging campaign to empower survivors of GBV, and also those who lost their jobs during the COVID 19-lockdown, is set to provide new resources, skills, business mentorships and hope to countless South African women.

“We at 1000 Women Trust are inviting all women to be our Friend.  We want to inspire women who have suffered loss to restart by providing them with income-generating ideas or skills for better jobs,” said Tina Thiart, founder member of 1000 Women Trust.

“But we also want to invite all women in business to join and lend a helping hand as business mentors to those who have experienced job losses and trauma!  We know that women are inextricably linked and we call on all women to join the network.” Fill in the form here or Join the zoom Wednesday Webinars here

Women’s Month Webinar – Self Confidence

Women’s Month Webinar – Investing in Women

Women’s Month Webinar – Economic Empowerment

“If you are a woman and without a job, 1000 Women Trust can assist you because through 1000 Women Restart an Idea Bank will be created to give you access to more opportunities,” said Thiart.

Women in South Africa bore the brunt of job losses during the past 18 month of the COVID 19-pandemic. Women account for two million of the three million job losses.

1000 Women has subsequently identified a need for creating economic empowerment initiative -1000 Women Restart – for the women most impacted by job losses, Covid 19 and those impacted by gender-based violence or those who need to restart a business after lockdown.

There is an ongoing support service to empower women with a Whatsapp group run by 1000 Women Trust for instant advice and assistance in the pursuit of creating self-sustainable income for them.

“Additionally, we will support women by referring them to mentors and business coaches, and by setting up one-on-one conversations for them with successful business leaders. We will give access to business skills training and development opportunities. We will invite them to join business networks, including the 1000 Women Restart Network.

“We will offer opportunities to women to do marketing on the 1000 Women social media page. We will also link and connect them to inspirational financial and social resources,” added Thiart.

“There are multiple reasons for us embarking on this campaign. Our research shows that more than 52% of women in South Africa live below the upper bound poverty level (or earn only R1183 per month or less). Furthermore, many women suffered job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic while many others were victims of gender-based violence, rape and abuse – South Africa’s second pandemic.

“The sub-title of the campaign is We will be there for you and we will leave no stone unturned to assist women.

“We want to embrace vulnerable women. Our research shows that many start-ups need marketing, equipment, transport, clients, business plans and how to do costing. We as 1000 Women Restart is there as a support network and a social, humanitarian and economic empowerment hub,” Thiart said.

The organization is still actively pursuing its 1000 Women Warriors initiative as part of its War on Hunger and has established 45 community soup kitchens where 20 000 people are fed daily.

1000 Women Trust has now also encouraged income generating for people working at the soup kitchens, through the sales of airtime, electricity, sewing, the provision of garden services and small business development such as spaza shops.

1000 Women Trust will kick-start the 1000 Women Restart-campaign by hosting three webinars in collaboration with Pick ‘n Pay in August.  

“But we also want to invite all women in business to join and lend a helping hand as business mentors to those who have experienced job losses and trauma!  We know that women are inextricably linked and we call on all women to join the network.” Fill in the form here or Join the zoom Wednesday Webinars below

Women’s Month Webinar – Self Confidence will be the first theme on 11th August

This will revolve around developing women’s self-confidence by giving them access to new skills.

When they have more skills, they have more confidence to apply for new and better jobs, Thiart said.

“Through the webinar about self-confidence, we want to improve women’s employability,” Thiart said.

Women’s Month Webinar – Investing in Women (on 18th August)

Is about the role of networks and how women can access them to improve their chances of getting better jobs. There are two types of networks. One is network marketing, while the other is formal business networks.

Women’s Month Webinar – Economic Empowerment (on 25th August) – focus on supplier development.

How do you develop a product so that you can sell it to a supermarket, for example

The question is how you can develop more businesses for the small women entrepreneur whose produce can directly be sold to the community.  There are many such products. For example, 60% of potatoes in South Africa are sold by small spaza shops, Thiart said.

Women who want to join 1000 Women Restart, can do it for free by registering for the August webinars.

People who want to join the August webinars can register on Webticket 

People that register, stand the chance to win exciting prizes, including membership of a business network or a one-on-one with a successful businesswoman or a free copy of Raymond Ackerman’s book The four legs of the table.

People who want to join the 1000 Women Trust WhatsApp-service, can WhatsApp the organization on 061-469 0479 or visit www.1000women.co.za, Please send an email to tina@1000women.co.za