On Friday October 19th 2018, Nkaikela Youth Group (NYG) hosted a breast cancer awareness and wellness event sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC), Tlokweng. The event is part of the MYSC monthly wellness initiative that aims to create and enable wellness seeking behaviors. The day began with aerobics, with over 50 women participating. This was followed by health talks on Breast cancer, where participants were free to ask questions regarding breast cancer. Other talks were by Botswna Havard partnership on their HIV-Prevention studies encouraging the public to volunteer to be part of the studies. Lastly there was discussions surrounding sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including where and how the public can get help. Lastly women were able to be screened for breast cancer by health care providers from the Gaborone District Health Management Team (DHMT). Other services included checking for Body mass index (BMI), screening and treatment of STI’s as well as their oral health. There was also a condom demonstration and condom distribution. The event emphasized the importance of overall importance of physical health. All the attendees participated in aerobics and musical chairs. There was fun music, games and dancing. It was a fun event that highlighted the importance of breast cancer awareness, screening and attending to it as early as possible.

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

3rd December 2016

NYG joined in the 16 Days of activism against gender-based violence by hosting a campaign in Tlokweng. The event was conducted in an effort to recognize the international dates of 16 days of activism against gender based violence, from 25th November – 10 December 2016. The event took place over 2 days.

It was a fun-filled event in the form of testimonies, entertainment in the form of a drama and music artists as well as information dissemination. In light of this, NYG offers some counselling for women involved in the sex work trade. Most of the women have experienced some form of abuse from their partners. Most of the violence is economic abuse, where the men are providers of household income. This often leads to violence on the part of men, as they perceive themselves to be more significant than their partners. Through the poverty eradication programme, NYG tries to assist women in applying for funding which can help improve their economic situations. This may go some way in helping to address this issue.

Popular musician Shanki Brizzy (white shirt) joined the fight against violence