Why we need more women leaders


Despite the progress that has been made in women empowerment, South African women still hold fewer leadership roles than their male counterparts.

This women’s month, we had a chat with SPARK Schools female employees on the importance of being led by women. They share their experiences and how being led by women is positively impacting their careers.

Women are still underrepresented in many industries across the continent. The education sector is a great example of this. While the majority of teachers are women only a few of them go on to become a principal.

The underrepresentation of women in education is not a unique issue for the basic education sector, higher education institutions also have a handful of women in management positions.

At SPARK Schools all 18 schools in the SPARK network are led by women principals.

SPARK Carlswald Assistant Principal Malehlohonolo Nthiya says that women have been overlooked and were in the background for the longest time.

“Women have a lot to offer, they are powerful, creative and resilient,” she says.

SPARK Bramley Assistant Principal, Nonkululeko Mngomezulu believe that women add valuable skills, as they are adaptable.

Watch the video below to hear more about the importance of having more women leaders.

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