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Friday, 18 September 2020

Women swell SRC ranks

WOMAN’S WORLD: This year has seen an increase in the number of women elected into leadership positions. *Picture was taken before lockdown. WOMAN’S WORLD: This year has seen an increase in the number of women elected into leadership positions. *Picture was taken before lockdown.

For the first time ever at CPUT, the majority of students elected to the Student Representative Councils (SRC) are women.

This year has seen the male-female ratio of the SRCs on CPUT’s various campuses rise to 22:50 from 53:20 in 2019. The last two years have seen a steady growth of women who get elected into leadership. In 2018 the ratio was 8:22.

For the first time ever, this year the Central SRC President is a woman and her name is Phinda Swaartbooi.  

Just like their mother organisations in parliament, the students’ political structures at CPUT have made a commitment to ensure that women feature prominently in leadership positions.

Advocate Lionel Harper, Head of the Department of Student Governance and Leadership (DSGL), says this move by the student structures serves to ensure that social issues that affect women students such as gender-based violence are advanced and that women get into programmes that were usually dominated by males.

“Moreover, Student Affairs management and [the CPUT] Council have strongly supported more female participation on all student structures and committees, and the staff in DSGL take gender equity matters very seriously,” adds Harper.

He says the collective efforts by the University’s stakeholders are yielding positive results in respect of more female students aspiring to occupy leadership roles at CPUT.

The Department of Student Affairs has further implemented a special mentoring programme for the female student leaders beginning with academic mentoring and later focused on specific leadership and general broad-based transformation coaching by three highly competent CPUT staff members. 

“This mentoring is also being extended to the male student leaders so that all student leaders receive high level mentoring/ coaching in addition to the induction and training that DSGL provides for all the 53 SRC members and the Faculty Representatives,” says Harper.

He adds that the Department also anticipates higher numbers of female students becoming Faculty representatives in the future.

For the individual profiles of the women elected to the Local SRCs please see the university’s official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cput.ac.za

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za