The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure’s Special Programmes unit host-ed the annual “Take a Girl Child to Work” event on 28 June 2017 as a Youth month commemoration. Grade 11 and 12 girls from Lere la Thuto in Zastron and Trompsburg high school were invited to take part in this initiative. This year’s theme is: “Dream, Believe & Achieve.”
Gender quality is receiving a lot of debate in our country. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure makes every effort to promote gender equality and empowerment of women, especially of young women. It is for this reason that the Department celebrated the acclaimed “Take a girl child to work” annual initiative in its 15 years since inception. On behalf of the Head of Department, Maditse Seoke, the Chief Director of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP); Masego Tshabalala said that the Department is taking the development of young women seriously. Tshabalala encouraged the young ladies to work hard in their quest to achieve their dreams.
Vuyiswa Malaku; Assistant Director of the Special Programmes Unit, expanded on the purpose of the day; which was to observe the annual activity initiated by Cell C. The programme aims to introduce the girl child to the world of work.
“In the past, women were excluded from the field of work,” said Malaku. The initiative thus also aims to eradicate the discrimination against women and to encourage them to know their worth and participate meaningfully in the mainstream jobs. Malaku further stated that young girls often have to deal with various challenges, including teenage pregnancy and rape; the event thus also aim to empower and develop young girls to give them courage to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.
Mr Diakos, Director for Human Resources – highlighted some of the scarce skills in which females are still underrepresented: Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Health and Safety practitioner, Artisan, Accounting, Actuarial Sciences and many others. He further encouraged the learners to consider studying towards scares fields due to their nature of having enormous opportunities.
The event was concluded by taking the young girls to a construction site at Grassland High School, which is currently being built by the Department.