Women urged to ‘per­form rather than com­plain’

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - VIRGILATTE GWANGWA

virgilatte.gwangwa@inl.co.za WOMEN from or­gan­i­sa­tions within the nat­u­ral re­sources sec­tors at­tended a break­fast di­a­logue hosted by the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs, Dr Edna Molewa.

The event at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel saw women, young and old, wear­ing doeks (head wraps) and com­ing up with ways to up­lift one an­other.

The idea of the ses­sion was to recog­nise the achieve­ments of women work­ing in the sec­tor, and de­velop ad­vo­cacy, lead­er­ship and ex­cel­lence among them.

Speaker Do­rah Modise, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Green Build­ing Coun­cil South Africa, said women were still “an en­dan­gered species” within the sec­tor.

“We still live in the world de­signed and built by males but this world needs a fem­i­nine touch. And the way to achieve this is through ed­u­ca­tion – let us study, ac­quire knowl­edge and up­skill our­selves,” she said.

Modise ad­vised the women not to “shrink them­selves” to fit into places they had out­grown, but rather “move on and adapt quickly”.

“They say women don’t have the ca­pa­bil­ity to be in the science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics area.

“Dis­taste­ful as this is, we have to per­form in order to dis­pel a lot that is hap­pen­ing around us. We need to per­form rather than com­plain be­cause we will never achieve any­thing by com­plain­ing,” she said.

Molewa said it was time for women to go back to ba­sics in order for the na­tion to pros­per.

“When the pres­i­dent said ‘Thuma Mina’ (Send me), he meant go­ing back to ba­sics. Many of us have out­sourced par­ent­hood – as soon as our chil­dren are born, we start look­ing for a child-min­der and we get shocked when they grow up to be­have in a cer­tain man­ner.

“Let us go back to our fam­i­lies so that we can do well for our na­tion,” she said.

PIC­TURE: JAC­QUES NAUDE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY/ANA

Min­is­ter of Women Batha­bile Dlamini and Edna Molewa dur­ing the En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs break­fast di­a­logue at the Sher­a­ton Ho­tel.

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