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Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi and members of GirlzNetwork.

Fourth year medical student and winner of the 2014/15 Miss UKZN title, Ms Nompumelelo Nkosi, has launched GirlzNetwork, an organisation that aims to groom and unite girls to become leaders, ambassadors and to promote change they want to see in their communities.

Nkosi says GirlzNetwork wants to create a mentorship relationship with girls from different communities and get them involved in community outreach programmes.

‘This way they have duties and standards to live up to as GirlzNetwork members,’ explained Nkosi.

As part of the launch, the organisation hosted 57 girls for a sleepover workshop at Lelo Ladies Groom in Mandeni, Northern KwaZulu- Natal.

‘We managed to get props and decorations to help transform the hall into a bedroom environment,’ Nkosi said.

At the launch the girls received gifts such as pens, diaries, manicure sets, toothbrushes, toothpaste and soaps.

Nkosi said the organisation planned to visit different schools for motivational talks, pad drives, healthy lifestyle talks, career exhibitions, abuse, HIV and teenage pregnancy awareness programmes.

‘Annually we want to identify families who are poverty stricken and we will fund raise to provide for them and find innovative ways of sustaining the change in their lives,’ she said.

She also plans to run a programme that will assist Grade 12 learners to attend their matric dances.

GirlzNetwork plans to host sleepover workshops every winter and summer. The workshops will focuses mainly on grooming young girls and discussing social or economic issues that they face. ‘For this I need a strong relationship with their parents as I need guidance myself,’ Nkosi said.