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Women could have advanced if they had been deliberately and intentionally supported – Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng

The month of August is commemorated as National Women’s Month in South Africa to draw attention to many of the important issues that women still face – lack of deliberate empowerment, domestic violence, discrimination, harassment in the workplace, equal pay, education for girls and more..

Women’s Month is celebrated in South Africa every year in tribute to more than 20,000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9th August 1956 to petition against the pass laws of the country at the time..

This is the 66th year of this event and the theme this year is “Women’s Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment: Building Back Better for Women’s Resilience!” which is a call to action to all, to take steps in responding to the most persistent challenges affecting the lives of women and girls..

I had the privilege of having a conversation with one of the beacons in this fight for the empowerment of girls and women especially in terms of education – Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng – Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town..

1) Own who you are. You’re not going to be someone else simply because you don’t like who you are. So, own who you are.
2) Work hard, make yourself indispensable through your work. It doesn’t matter how hard it is, just work hard.
3) Stay the course, stay the course. It’s not going to be easy. It’s not easy to be a woman in leadership. It’s not easy being a woman in science, and I’m sure it’s not easy being a woman in shipping and freight. It’s not easy at all, but we can only win as women if those of us who are there can stay the course, so stay the course.

For more advice like above and information on women empowerment and educational opportunities,

  1. WATCH the conversation below  ;

2. READ the full interview ;

3. LISTEN to the full conversation


Shipping and Freight Resource supports women’s empowerment.. August is Women’s Month (in South Africa) and to support the various initiatives surrounding Women’s Empowerment and Equality, I will be offering free informal knowledge sessions on various topics relating to Shipping, Freight, Maritime, Logistics, Supply Chain and Trade..

Women in the shipping and freight industry who are interested in learning more about the industry, feel free to drop me a mail with your questions to

This is open to ALL women globally, not just in South Africa.. These informal knowledge sessions could be virtual or physical (if you are in Johannesburg)..

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