“Culture is the shadow of the leader…” This is why End Girl Hate exists today: the brain child and shadow of LeAnne Dlamini who is intrinsically wired to empower women. This natural and organic process was spurred on by LeAnne’s personal experiences in which women in the entertainment industry in particular, were frequently unsupportive of one another. Budding within her was the unquenchable desire to break down barriers which women so frequently erect amongst themselves. Utilising her popular and loved public status, LeAnne realised that Social Media was her platform; the audience was already there and her innate ability to encourage women started unfolding for all to see.
And this bold, yet unassuming step spoke to the desire in other women; the desire to be enthused. Women from around the country, and internationally, were soon drawn to this modest endeavor to embolden women from all walks of life. But it couldn’t simply stop at social media. “I really wanted to make this bigger than me because we tend to stick to our circle of friends and support one another and I knew that together, we could do so much more.”
An idea became simple acts of inspiring women and simple acts have developed into a movement. Having no idea how big this would become when LeAnne first embarked on this journey in 2015, End Girl Hate networking breakfasts with LeAnne have become one of the most anticipated events for women who have adopted the End Girl Hate culture. With the generosity of tremendous sponsors and partners, women are almost desperate to connect with one another at these coveted breakfasts, where they have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded women and of course, meet and interact with LeAnne herself. These Women 4 Women Breakfasts is the entire movement made tangible. This is an opportunity for women to experience the support of other women first hand. There is a mix of women, from those nominated by friends or family to those who are already successful or recognisable and it’s crucial to bring these worlds together. End Girl Hate has come such a long way from the very first Women 4 Women Breakfast. “This has all grown so quickly. I remember being incredibly nervous with the first breakfast because I wanted every aspect to be perfect for the ladies attending and I had no idea what to expect. I’m delighted because the growth means that it’s not about me, it’s got to be so much bigger.” The ultimate vision for End Girl Hate is a bi-annual conference where girls and women can come and feed off one another, glean off a panel of experts and ultimately, develop a mentorship program in which women can develop and grow.
With End Girl Hate already established in Botswana and Canada and piquing the interest of groups in the USA, and with LeAnne already being noted as a sincere positive influence in the lives of women, this movement has been set on a course for greatness. “End Girl Hate may have been started by me,” says LeAnne, “but it was created for you: the everyday woman; the woman who is climbing that corporate ladder; the girl next door and even for the famous faces out there. I may not be able to every personally touch or speak to every woman who becomes part of this, but this is part of my purpose and my gift to you.