Often women focus more on nurturing others and neglect themselves during this process. Provincial Treasury therefore ended off Women’s Month with a breakfast aptly themed, Celebrate Yourself.
Besides the female colleagues at the breakfast, it was also attended by Minister Meyer, our HOD, Mr Hoosain and the DDG’s Mr Malila and Mr Hardien. Mr Hoosain shared his own experience of the value women add to an organisation while juggling their personal lives and raising a family and his appreciation for the challenges working women face.
“Every year in August, we pay tribute to 20 000 women who marched to the Union Building in Pretoria against the Pass Laws in 1956. But, today we want to honour the women who march into the doors of Treasury every morning in order to earn a living while at the same time, serving our beloved country in general and our beautiful Province in particular” said Sweetness Sixubane, Chairperson of the Women in Treasury (WIT) Forum.
Ms Sixubane shared the importance of the Women in Treasury and Women in Management forums with regards to the implementation of the National Gender Strategic framework which includes an 8 Principle Action Plan for promoting women empowerment and gender equality in the workplace.
A number of initiatives emerged over the years from this group that need to be sustained and fully implemented. The following interventions were implemented:
- My Space-Our Space – used for prayers, private meetings, sick-bay, etc
- Policy for disposal of laptops
- PT Connect which is a user-generated content communication platform to share stories within Treasury. There is a specific category dedicated to WIT to engage with female officials within the department.
The breakfast programme further included:
- Financial Wellness for Women – Old Mutual
- Domestic violence – Saartjie Baartman Centre
- Health and fitness – Virgin Active
- Beauty demonstrations – Sh’zen AND
- Lots of lucky draw prizes
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