Women’s issues at community dialogue

SPARKS flew at The Herald’s latest community dialogue, held to mark National Women’s Month, last night at the NMMU Loubser Auditorium in Summerstrand.
Eastern Cape Tourism and Parks Board head Vuyo Zitumane and Glamour magazine editor Pnina Fenster gave voice to issues facing women today and were challenged by an array of questions from the small but lively audience.
The Herald editor Heather Roberston, PE Businesswomen’s Association head Michelle Brown and NMMU accountancy student Siliziwe Mapalala were part of the five-women panel giving input.
Leadership, mentorship, professional envy, many women’s need to be liked, assertiveness versus aggression, the role of men, the importance of support systems and a “soft” place in women’s lives were just a few of the topics to fall under the spotlight.
In response to whether racism was not  more relevant than gender discrimination, for example, Zitumane eloquently outlined how she personally had most definitely also experienced sexist attitudes from men in her career.
Fenster urged women in particular to back each other up, and quoted Coco Chanel: “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

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