Women managers encouraged to flourish in leading roles

Women in leadership roles at the University of Limpopo (UL) were treated to an inspirational day at a hotel in Polokwane as one of the university's initiatives to achieve gender parity

The annual UL Women in Management event does not only aim to appreciate and encourage women's contribution to the success of the university but also promotes collegiality among them through open and honest engagement with one another.

Prof Jesika Singh, Deputy ViceChancellor: Research, Innovation and Partnerships, whose office organises the event, says the gathering indicates the university's pride in gender transformation and women advancement. By celebrating women, the university is actually instilling more confidence in them, and such appreciation eventually leads to academic excellence by offering the best services to students and stakeholders.

Motivational Speaker and Author, Vanessa Goosen told the audience about the hardships she has endured in a working environment . She narrated how she survived in a Thai prison for 16 years, after being arrested and tried on drug trafficking charges. Despite working hard, women face a lot of challenges in a working environment, including inequality and sexual harassment. But through it all, we know how to hold it together. This is not the time to pull each other down because when women come together and support one another, nothing can stand against us.

She adds that sometimes women in managerial positions tend not to confidently openup about issues they experience, especially when dealing with heavy workloads. There are instances where a large number of women go through depression because of unequal share of responsibilities. We have to share our struggles so that we can build one another. Whether you are tired or weak, do not give up, but you can't do it alone. Let's work together.

Source: University of Limpopo

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