CPUT and a variety of companions celebrated Worldwide Girls’s Day with the inauguration of the Assume-Tank on Gender Equality and Girls Empowerment (GEWE).
The occasion, which was held on the Cape City Lodge Faculty, was livestreamed to a web-based viewers and obtained nationwide information protection.
The theme was: Gender Equality At present for a Sustainable Tomorrow.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, opened the occasion and stated the pandemic and its accompanying unfavourable regressive results should not cease us from persevering with to grapple with the problems of gender inclusivity.
“As a college of expertise, it’s essential that we speed up the careers of ladies in expertise and reinforce genuine management in these areas. Position mannequin visibility in science and expertise is essential to attracting extra girls to this discipline.”
Honourable Thandi Modise, Minister of Defence and Army Veterans and CPUT Chancellor, was the visitor speaker.
Modise stated that whereas vital strides had been made to empower girls and to advertise gender equality, girls nonetheless bear “a disproportionate burden of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment”.
“Our collective efforts to advertise girls empowerment and gender equality have to be intensified. We owe it to the various martyrs who’ve laid down their lives for an equal and non-sexist society.”
She stated the occasion, held in partnership with UN Girls, is “a daring and really robust assertion that CPUT stays a progressive chief amongst its friends on girls empowerment and gender equality”.
Ayanda Mvimbi, a programme specialist for UN Girls, congratulated CPUT for being a champion college “to simply accept and launch the think-tank for gender equality and empowerment of ladies”.
“I need to emphasise the necessity for involving academia in gender equality and ladies’s empowerment. The analysis experience can herald a lot wanted knowledge and evidence-based options that’s required to speed up the reaching of gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow.”
Prof Driekie Hay-Swemmer, Government Director within the Workplace of the Vice-Chancellor, spoke on the Vice-Chancellor’s Prestigious STEM colleges programme and stated Science, Know-how, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have been all fields nonetheless predominantly occupied by males.
Hay-Swemmer stated the Vice-Chancellor believed that women should be uncovered at a younger age to the completely different careers out there to them in STEM.
“We wish to develop into the hub of STEM schooling within the Western Province. A beacon of hope and pleasure, the place the obstacles and myths of maths are damaged down. We want to set up a world-class analysis chair in STEM schooling doing longitudinal research, prepare and upscale educators and, apart from that, be a part of the following technology of scientists inside a expertise enabled setting.”
The record of audio system and respondents included: Prof Beatrice Opeolu, School of Utilized Sciences; Ella Mangisa, Ilitha Labantu (CPUT companion); Dr Simon Nsengimana, School of Enterprise and Administration Sciences; Tshitso Mosolodi, Snake Nation (CPUT companion); Nanga Codana, SRC President; Prof Tembisa Ngqondi: Dean of the School of Informatics and Design; George Mvalo, Chairperson: Universities South Africa Transformation Managers’ Discussion board and Nonele Ganyile, SRC Secretary Basic and a dedication pledge was signed by the assorted companions.
Nonkosi Tyolwana, Director: Centre for Variety, Inclusivity and Social Change, thanked the audio system and organisers.