Women urged to ‘perform rather than complain’
email@example.com 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.
Minister of Women Bathabile Dlamini and Edna Molewa during the Environmental Affairs breakfast dialogue at the Sheraton Hotel.