Unisa’s first female headmistress and vice chancellor, Professor Puleng Lenkabula, says South Africa as a society needs to eradicate gender inequalities in work spaces and family relationships in order to achieve the future the country hopes for.

Professor Lenkabula made the remarks during the virtual 12th International Women’s Day event organized by Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Unisa.

“We are reminded that we can imagine that this cannot be achieved without an inclusive future in which we emphasize holistic gender equality and against gender-based violence, which we have called the second pandemic in South Africa . It has awakened its ugliness within these competing challenges of COVID-19, ”says the professor.

“It is undeniable that both locally and globally, the victims most affected by the great devastation and trauma caused by COVID-19 are the main women, especially African women,” she explains.

Professor Lenkabula’s address below:

The Motsepe Foundation will watch the day as it examines the role women play in recovering from pandemics as the country continues to battle the coronavirus.

The panel discussions focus on health, women in leadership positions and youth perspectives.

Dr. Precious Moloi – Motsepe reports more about the event:

Summit to discuss women’s COVID-19 experience

On the occasion of International Women’s Day here in South Africa, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit will take on a leadership role and steer the conversation towards this year’s topic – Africa Reloaded: The Power of The Collective.

The COVID-19 experience has exposed some harsh realities – the deepening inequalities that Africa’s women and the continent continue to experience within the global economy.

It also lit a fire in many.

Renuka Methil, Editor-in-Chief at Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa, and Phiwokuhle Nyanda, renowned South African rugby player, report more about the event:

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