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South African state-owned power utility Eskom is hosting its second annual three-day Women’s Conference, commencing today at the Eskom Academy of Learning in Midrand.

The theme of the conference is OR Tambo ‘Women United in Moving South Africa forward, by being bold for change’, the utility explained in a statement.

Second annual Women’s Conference

The parastatal’s group executive for human resources, Elsie Pule, highlighted that the event is in line with the country’s theme because “as South Africans we have, over many decades, fought for equality in every sphere of life – at home, in the workplace, and in our society at large. Read more…

“The struggle for women’s rights has been intertwined with the struggle for the liberation of all South Africans who had been oppressed on grounds of race, gender, and religion. It is in this collectivism that we can truly achieve our goal of gender equality,” Pule added.

With change being uppermost in the endeavors of women to move South Africa forward, the conference programme boasts an array of exceptional speakers, professionals, exhibitors, experts, topics and discussion sessions on women issues.

South African minister of public enterprises, Lynne Brown, will deliver the keynote address.

A teacher by profession, Brown is well-known for playing an active role in the fight against apartheid, with a particular emphasis on women’s issues.

Gender equity

Eskom noted its efforts in advancing women into technical and leadership roles. Read more…

“Achieving equality in the workplace requires an expansion of work and creating opportunities. In our commitment to ensure that women succeed in these roles, robust programmes and plans need to be in place to ensure success of these women in their positions,” the parastatal explained.

Eskom added: “This is why in 2013 Eskom established its Women Advancement Programme (EWAP) initiative aimed at making deliberate and considered interventions to advance and deploy women in Eskom.”

Pule noted: “It is through programmes such as EWAP that earlier this year we were able to increase the representivity of women in leadership roles from 29% to 37%.

“Eskom was bold in taking action through ground-breaking transformation and appointed thirty-nine women into Senior Management positions and has entrusted them with real business-impacting roles.”

She concluded: “More than 60% of these promotions were in technical roles, whereby women were promoted into specialist roles. We are definitely making strides and this is just the beginning.”

 

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