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Dr Naledi Pandor awarded the Standard Bank Top Women in Public Sector Lifetime Achiever 2022

Written by Editor

November 29, 2022

By Sinazo Mkoko

The minister in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor was awarded the Standard Bank Top Women in Public Sector Lifetime Achiever 2022 at this year’s Standard Bank Top Women Awards. 

These annual awards honour outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation in organisations that play a role in advancing women to the forefront of the economy.

Dr Pandor said she was honoured to have received the prestigious honour of this award and to be recognised for her modest contribution towards the advancement of women. “I’m joining inspiring alumnae of women leaders who have previously received this award such as the former first lady, Graça Machel and veteran of the struggle against apartheid Mme Sophie de Bruyn. This company is in itself, deeply humbling.” 

She added that the struggle for gender equity has been underway for several decades both in our country and around the world and the awards ceremony celebrates many important achievements. “Our country has made significant progress in advancing and achieving gender transformation, supported by our constitution and the empowering provisions of its Bill of Rights. One of the most significant has been an increase in women’s representation and increased gender equality in many public and private institutions,“ she said. 

Dr Pandor went on to say that while this great deal of progress has been made in democratic South Africa, all of us know that nevertheless, there continues to be a great that still needs to be achieved.

She said her current role as the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation has exposed her to different political and developmental thinking around the world. “It has also brought into sharp focus, the growing levels of inequality in our country and abroad all of which exposed the deep divides in our global community. We haven’t yet arrived at the appropriation of a common human philosophy and I’m often alarmed by the level of division between the wealthy nations of the world and the poorer ones.” 

She added that given rising global inequality, there’s a need to intensify our efforts at ensuring gender equality. She said we live in a constantly changing world where women struggle with developing self-confidence due to difficult environments, often very negative and challenging due to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) which many women continue to face. 

“We all have the urgent task of raising our voices to advocate for women’s empowerment across all sectors of our society and we should become practical activists in support of gender equality.” 

 

 

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