Monday, 09 March 2020 02:00 PM
8 March 2020 commemorates International Women’s day, which is celebrated annually. This years’ theme was “an equal world is an enabled world” with the hashtag #EachforEqual, which highlights a strong call-to-action in support of gender equality and celebrates women’s achievements all over the world in the respective spaces they occupy. This day also grants us the opportunity to reflect on the progress made, and to call for change where there is a lack of female representation.
In support of International Women’s day and everything it stands for, kulula created a campaign under the theme “Pave the runway” (pun intended!) with the idea of empowering young girls i.e. the next generation to break the boundaries and realise there’s a world full of opportunities that allows them to become anything and achieve their dreams no matter what gender they are. Essentially, this means there should be no more stereotyping when it comes to gender roles.
kulula invited five (5) young girls who were accompanied by their teacher from Rhodesfield Technical High School, which was launched in 2018 by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. The school is the first of its kind, as it has a specific curriculum that has a focus on Engineering, with specialisation in Aviation.
We invited our exceptional staff from various departments to show them the ropes, share their experiences of their day-to-day operations, the passion they have for their jobs and to give some advice to the girls.
Maike Knowles (Check Captain) gave the girls flying 101 lessons about how an aircraft operates and the functions of various controls as well as how she would make regular checks on aircraft's technical performance, pre-flight safety checks on the navigation and operating systems. Goitsemang Mathunjwa (Cabin Crew member) explained her fascination about flying, the importance of being passionate about serving customers, taking care of passengers by making sure they are safe and comfortable during every flight, and most importantly being confident enough to provide knowledge when dealing with any emergency or security problem that may arise. Sinovuyo Nongwe (Simulator Technician) spoke to the girls about what High School subjects to consider in order to qualify working in her Technical field. She also explained her fascination with flying as well as maintaining and repairing flight training devices in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority requirements and company standards.
Kulula supports #EachforEqual
The “Equal pose” sign represents gender equality. The campaign is aimed at standing as a united front and taking collective action in support of creating equal opportunities for women. We were joined by the CEO of Comair Limited, Wrenelle Stander who is very passionate about empowering young girls and explained how excited she was to see more girls interested in pursuing a career in aviation. To say she gave them pearls of wisdom would be an understatement; Wrenelle spent time with the girls who were eager to know how she became a “female CEO”. Our hope is that the girls have learnt that anything is possible and all they have to do is: Dream it. Believe it. Build it.