Female empowerment is one of Vodacom’s most important goals, and one of the most effective ways to achieve this is to bring women from all levels of the organisation together to tackle the challenges that woman often face in the workplace.
Vodacom is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace. Currently, 43% of Vodacom’s workforce is female. In the last year, promotions of female employees rose by 9%, and 17% of the executive workforce is female. Vodacom’s working policies also allow women more flexibility around maternity leave and returning to work.
The Women’s Network Forum is made up of 18 women dedicated to championing the gender equality agenda. This employee representative body offers a platform where women can mobilise, connect, network and be empowered to be at their best. The Forum launched on 8 August at a celebratory Women's Day event. We chatted to a few of the committee members about their plans.
‘Our mandate,’ says chairperson Nwabisa Qwanyashe CA(SA), ‘is to empower our female colleagues, create networking and mentoring opportunities so that women can connect across departments and share knowledge.’ Her day job is Specialist: EBU Commercial Management.
‘We’re focussing on making sure that the WNF is available and accessible,’ says Precious Nkula, one of t...