Women Empowerment Campaigns

Mental Health Awareness

#PageantWithABiggerPurpose Goes to Work on Mental Health Awareness

Gauteng, 31 October 2018:
With October being Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, the Miss Gauteng Exclusive pageant used the platform to raise awareness on mental health issues that have been Silenced in our communities such as social anxiety / social awkwardness, addictions, substance abuse (Nyaope), bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, the risk and influencing factors, self-harming behavior and suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, postpartum depression, not dealing with childhood trauma and depression, among others.

The campaign's aim was to educate the public in order to reduce stigmas and discrimination against people who suffer with mental health issues which is a large percentage. We also hoped to give people out there who have been suffering in silence the platform to share their stories in hopes that we might save Lifes because Our people are dying in Silence.

Annwen Jordan co-owner/MD of the pageant says “Knowing what to say or what we can do to help is not always clear but talking about mental health can give us freedom to seek help, find people who can relate, and move toward well-being.”

Each of the finalists were tasked with researching the causes and effects of a particular mental health disorder, following which an emotive photo shoot took place for them to embody what it would feel like to struggle with these after understanding it better.

The campaign started out with the ladies using their images on their social media platforms to highlight what they have learnt and offer support to the South African public, But our Top Finalist did not stop there... they were so moved and transformed by the campaign that they began to create additional physical platforms in their communities to further the conversations, create safe places to share their personal journeys and collaborate with Heath Professionals. What started out as a simple awareness campaign has now become the beginning of a beautiful Journey for our Top 25 and all who's lives they impact.

“Let’s raise our voices! Together, we can make a difference in reducing the stigma surrounding issues many of us face. You are not alone,” Mr Kagiso Selele co-founder/MD concludes.

Photography credits: Kenlin Sanderson, Rashid Ishmail & Shaun Du Plessis.

Women Abuse

For all the women out there who find themselves in abusive relationships or circumstance whether emotional or physical… Miss Gauteng exclusive SA embarked on a campaign bring awarenesses to, and standing against Women abuse let you know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, SMART AND WORTHY TO BE TREATED LIKE A QUEEN!!

Research shows that there is a link between domestic violence and low self esteem. counselors identify low self esteem as a major issue when trying to empower victims to free themselves from abusers! Ladies going through this,please know that you are beautiful no matter what and this does not define you! Physical abuse can include very aggressive acts, such as beatings and forced sexual activity including intercourse, or it can take the form of less severe acts like throwing, shoving and slapping. You are not responsible for the violence. You are not alone. There are alternatives to remaining in a violent situation. These include: shelters, counseling, protective orders, and safety planning. We want you to know that you do not need to stay in an abusive situation.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around yyou Ladies,break the cycle...you are powerful,just believe that you deserve better! WE STAND WITH YOU AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE