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Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day - Thank you

Monday, 30 May 2016

Congratulations Partners!

Thank you for your support of the 14th Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign, held on May 26th.  Thanks to your valuable participation, a record 650 organisations registered to host 50 000 young women who benefitted from the opportunity to visit the workplace, giving them first-hand experience of the vast number of careers available. Together we have opened the doors of learning and culture beyond the classroom.

The Take a Girl Child to Work Day® campaign has received voluntary support at the highest level, from the President, the Minster of Women in the Presidency, the Public Protector, the media, well known and respected business leaders and corporate world.  All of this support continues to spark debate on the role of socio-economic development and the promotion of gender equality and empowerment.  It is also a practical way of encouraging girls to strive for excellence, dream big, have strong self-esteem and know that nothing is impossible.

Minister of Women in the Presidency, the Honourable Susan Shabangu has extended a plea to corporate South Africa to extend the one day into a longer programme where girl children will have an actual feel of the working environment. This will assist in instilling work discipline and understanding the value of working. Using the model you already have in place, we challenge you to make this a bi-annual, or a monthly commitment. Invite young women to see what it is you do, and how you do it.

In order to grow this initiative into a meaningful movement, Cell C established a Girl Child Bursary Fund. In partnership with The Tomorrow Trust, the fund has 30 recipients from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds studying at various tertiary institutions across the country. We wish to encourage all Corporates to set aside at least one bursary per year specifically for females. Should each participating company in Take a Girl Child to Work Day offer one young women a bursary per year, we will have a hundreds of bursaries donated per year.

Cell C has also gone a step further and established a Girl Child Institute of Mentorship under the patronage of Dolly Mokgatle, Executive Director of Peotona Holdings.

The Institute matches Cell C female executives and senior managers with our bursary recipients and is an important element of ensuring sustainable empowerment of the Girl Child beyond a “one-day” exposure to the working environment. Should you wish to explore a similar programme, we have made a draft Mentorship manual available for free download on https://www.cellc.co.za/cellc/girl-child-institute 

Again, thank you for the incredible support and for your continued enthusiasm to make this a meaningful movement.

Suzette van der Merwe

Managing Executive: Cell C Foundation

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