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TAKE A GIRL CHILD TO WORK DAY (article first published : 2004-05-22)

Girl children, their parents and companies around the country are currently preparing for Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day™ which takes place on May 27 and KwaZulu-Natal companies have gone all out to participate in this annual event.

Take A Girl Child to Work which began as an annual event last year sees thousands of girls between the ages of 14 and 18 accompany an adult to work. The initiative aims to break down gender stereotypes that prevent many young girls from realising that they have a right to work and to equip themselves with qualifications for demanding or high-paying careers traditionally considered male preserves.

KwaZulu-Natal companies from Durban and surrounds and as far afield as Greytown, Paulpietersburg and Richards Bay, have partnered with Cell C to offer thousands of girl children opportunities to experience the realities of the workplace. Many other companies have registered on the website to participate independently of Cell C, and many individuals are expected to take their daughters, granddaughters and other girl children into the workplace.

While many schools may have had work experience programmes in place for years, for the most part schools around the country do not have the capacity to offer their learners work experience. Take A Girl Child to Work Day™ then enables many more girl learners the opportunity to visit companies and organizations to witness what career prospects exist out there and what these entail, in a practical sense.

“We never expected the day to take off quite like it has,” she continues. “Last year The President, Mr Thabo Mbeki, hosted some girls in his office, and this year we have had his office’s - along with the Department of Education’s – endorsement for the project, with some major high profile people such as Chief Custodian, Minister Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka participating.”

For more information, visit www.cellc.co.za/girlchild




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