Celebrating Women’s Month is not reverse prejudice or an attempt to discount the great men in society. Just as apartheid was dethroned because of activism, championing this course is in pursuit of redressing the inequalities through advocacy and leadership.
Women’s Month for me is a reminder that we must glean from the experiences of those women who have gone ahead of us. Embrace their struggles and celebrate their triumphs. And to carry on the baton by challenging the sociological perception that a woman’s role is assigned, prescribed and confined. To continuously be thought leaders and reformers of typically held views of femininity and womanhood. To never forget that we need not trade our dreams for motherhood or marriage but that we can thrive for work life balance.
Women must not only be seen as equals but they must be treated as such. Diversity and inclusion is a subject that is close to my heart for this Women’s Month.
Being a woman in corporate it is important to realise that being included is a right, not a privilege for the selected few. My performance is not based on my gender but my competencies. Inclusion is not simply about physical proximity. It is about intentionally planning for the success of all role players. We once again implore that “we are not your crime scene” It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
– Mrs SA Matapa Maila Rikhotso