Give equal opportunity to all!!

By Tsholofelo Nyamathe

I always say a woman alone has power, collectively we have an impact. We have been taught to be competitive with one another because there was a scarcity of jobs at the top. It is clear that the strategy does not work. The truth is that raising each other up and channeling the power of collaboration is truly how we will change the equation and have a lot more fun along the way.

Organisations need to take a more proactive role and be intentional in the recruitment of young women, as young women are often overlooked by their male counterparts instead of capacitating and mentoring women to ensure that they are efficient and effective in their jobs, but also to ensure that they are eligible for promotions.  We need to have policies that are directed at improving the lives of women and these policies should be implemented with the same intention.

“The socio-economic status of women has a direct impact on gender equality. If women can provide for themselves and their families, they will be less dependent on men to fulfil their financial needs and as a result, will not be held hostage to their power. Women need financial freedom in order to be free from gender-based violence. Women need to be supported at a young age through skills development and career guidance counselling initiatives which provide knowledge for young girls about the opportunities that are available to them and should be encouraged to explore careers in male-dominated industries,” – says Naledi.

We need to teach the male child that they are not superior to women but that their differences make them stronger, as Hele Keller once said, “Alone we can do little; together we can do so much.”

I believe that the key to a successful career lies in one’s attitude and I vowed to myself to treat people with respect and humility whilst ensuring service excellence. My journey however has not been an easy one, but I always push myself despite my fears and doubts and by using each rejection as an opportunity to grow and learn. It is also important to surround oneself with those who have reached the position that I see myself and those who use their positions to uplift others.

As a woman, I am empowered by the courage demonstrated by women in all walks of life. Every day we interact with women both young and old that have overcome diversity and still find the courage to work hard and do their best to create a meaningful life for their families. Most of these women are from a disadvantaged background or even unfavourable circumstances, yet they keep pressing on. Naledi is conscious of the circle that she keeps and surrounds herself with people who inspire her.

The only way in which we can end gender discrimination is by changing the societal norms and teaching all children the same. We also need to create equal opportunities for both males and females and redress the past equities, through policy creation and implementation. We also need to celebrate women for their strength and recognise the key role they play in our society.

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong; it is about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” – Geena Dunne Anderson

Naledi Molelekoa

SASSETA Call Centre Consultant