Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Friday held the first ever engagement session with female junior officers in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) at Swartkops Air Force Base.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans, the main objective of the session was not only commemorate International Women’ Day, but to develop a way forward on how the defence force can provide dedicated and focused programmes to empower female members, but it is an opportunity for Minister Mapisa-Nqakula to receive direct insights from the officers.
The session also provided a platform for female officers to question the minister on her priorities for the department for the year, ventilate all matters of interest pertaining to the work of the Department of Defence, and to gain knowledge of some of the issues faced by female juniour officers in the SANDF.
“The ultimate goal is to identify ways to best implement lasting resolutions to challenges that might be raised by the officers during the engagement session,” said Minister Mapisa-Nqakula.
“Women development and growth in the defence force is one of my priorities. However, without knowledge of some of the challenges faced by female officers, my hands are tied.”
Mapisa-Nqakula also received first-hand information from the officers in an environment where they feel safe to air their views without fear.
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