Minister Molewa engages with women in meteorology and launches MET Mbokodo Unite
Launch of MET Mboko Unite
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Women’s Day is a South African annual national calendar event celebrated on 9 August to commemorate the day that women participated in a national march petitioning against pass laws. On this day in 1956, over 20 000 women of all races and ages from every corner of South Africa marched together towards the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws. These laws required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport (known as a pass) that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era.
Women’s Day was first commemorated in 1994 and today, the entire month of August is commemorated as Women’s Month.
Year-on-year, the South African government, business and civil society not only commemorate the 1956 march, but utilise this day as well as the month of August to highlight the continued economic and social struggles experienced by women.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in which the South African Weather Service (SAWS) represents South Africa, encourages more women to become meteorologists and hydrologists. Additionally, WMO is resolved in its efforts to achieve gender equality, empower women, and build climate resilient societies. The organisation is further committed to mainstreaming gender in its governance, working structures, programmes and service delivery.
In line with the organisation’s Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan, SAWS has geared itself towards achieving the organisation’s “people element” and ensuring that it has:
- The right people in the right place.
- The right mix of skills.
- Employees display the right attitudes and behaviours.
- Employees are development in the right way.
Advancing the role of women is a key government priority; and as a state-owned entity, it is important for SAWS to reinforce Government messages and support national campaigns. Supporting this campaign will also underpin the organisation’s approach in advancing the role of women in meteorology and related sciences. It is worth noting that this sector experiences a skills shortage of women; both in skilled and management positions. In this respect, it is imperative to identify the key challenges in female penetration into the sector as well as the advancement of women to key positions.
The envisaged commemoration of Women’s Day thereby contributes towards the above global, national and organisational strategic objectives in terms of the advancement of women and specifically those in meteorology and related sciences.
- To celebrate the achievements of the women in South Africa and especially women in meteorological and related sciences.
- To advance the continued struggle for women representation, rights and full equality in meteorology and related sciences sectors.
- To build and develop advocacy, leadership and other competencies of women in meteorology and related sciences.
- To commence a mentorship and networking programme for women in meteorology and related sciences.
The theme / slogan is Women-to-Women: Met Mbokodo Unite
The South African Weather Service is determined to attract more women to meteorology and related sciences.
- The South African Weather Service, together with its partners, have united to celebrate and honour women in meteorology and related sciences sectors.
- The South African Weather Service recognises the integral role of women in the country’s economic and social transformation.
- Women in meteorology and related sciences have congregated to develop a mentorship and networking programme to advance the role of women in these sectors.
Minister Edna Molewa to engage with women in meteorology and launch the MET Mbokodo Unite
Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa to engage with women in Meteorology and launch the MET Mbokodo Unite. The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa will, on Saturday, 22 August 2015, engage with women in meteorology and related sciences and launch MET Mbokodo Unite. This programme was developed by the South African Weather Service (SAWS), a state-owned entity reporting to the Department of Environmental Affairs, to commence a networking and mentorship programme for women in meteorology and related sciences.