Educate a woman, educate the nation

In the month of August, we celebrate the historic event that took place on 9 August 1956, when the women of South Africa marched against the pass law being enforced by the Apartheid government.
Today, we celebrate the remarkable achievements and the tenacious spirits of the fearless women who continue to advocate for change in our country.
In the 61 years since then, the role of women in society has changed significantly.
Alison Moodie argues that in South Africa, we have a high representation of females in cabinet and parliament, ‘but this is by no means the same situation in other sectors of the economy’.
A recent survey done by over 1 500 local women proved that although 86 per cent of women wanted to be in executive roles, only 3 per cent were.
Career Junction’s Werk-it (Work, Equality, and Life of South African Women) report (2017) concurs that there is still more room for growth in today’s job market.
In the past, women were mostly working in teaching, administrative and clerical roles. Today, there seems to be a healthier mix of women in other professional roles. However, only 8 per cent percent of participants work in the Human Resources (HR) field, with even lower levels in the information technology (IT) industry, 7 per cent and the legal profession 4 per cent. There is, therefore, much room for female progression in these industries.
Participants listed the top reasons for the lack of advancement in the workplace as a mixed balance of gender, qualifications, skills, and experience. Statistics show that only 32 per cent of women in the South African workforce are qualified with a Bachelor’s degree or higher form of education.
The level of skills does not paint a much better picture, with 39 per cent possessing advanced skills, and a mere 22 per cent reckoning themselves experts in their field.
The lack of education and skills among a majority of women reflects the fact that 51 per cent of the participants earn less than R15 000 a month.
It is time that we give our wives, sisters and daughters the means to obtain a higher education. Pearson Institute of Higher Education and CTI Potchefstroom invite the diverse women of South Africa to visit their campus.
They offer courses in a variety of fields, including Law, HR and IT.
Their team of experts aims to equip students with the much-needed knowledge, skills and experience in the industry. So, visit their campus today to find out how they can empower you.

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