Molawa breaks gender barriers
STEREOTYPES and limitations have no place in the Air Force especially with a woman in
Although Lt Col Molawa’s career has been characterised by a series of barrier-breaking achievements, she said rising up the ladder is within anyone’s reach, regardless of gender or race.
“Apparently I am the first black female to command an air force base. In the air force, from the beginning, we are not treated differently. We all do the same army training, the same pilot training, we don’t get special treatment,” pointed out Lt Col Molawa.
She highlighted the simple truth that gender stereotypes and limitations have no place in the air force or the army.
Lt Col Molawa acknowledged that there were challenges in commanding people who come from different backgrounds.
“I’ve only ever worked with men for the most part and so I’ve learned to handle the challenges that come with working with men. But throughout my career in the air force, I’ve been prepared for that,” she said.