"Globally, women occupy only 25 per cent of senior management positions and, in 2008/2009, were on average paid 23% less than men," this is according to the United Nations under its third Millennium Development Goal which is to promote gender equality and empower women.
For the second year running, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) united with Cell C to take part in its Take a Girl Child to Work Day on 30 May 2013. This is part of SANSA's drive to stimulate interest in science and develop capacity in space science and technologies in South Africa.
"As a woman working in a technical environment, I am able to witness the challenges and stereotypes that we as women are faced with; and share my amazing experiences of how to overcome these barriers," says Gladys Magagula, Mission Control Specialist at SANSA's Space Operations directorate and host for the day. "We want to expose these girls to career choices that are totally out of this world."
SANSA hosted 35 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 from Mandisa Shiceka Secondary School, in the nearby Krugersdorp area. The theme for the day was Science is for girls and the learners were treated to a fun-filled programme followed by lunch, a tour of the facility and the handing out of goodie bags.