Celebrating FHS Womxn for the month of August 2021

 

Womxns’ Month 2021  

We all have an inherent need to belong – whether this is within our friends, family or workplace circles. Womxn, in particular,  are often excluded or made to feel as if they do not belong in certain spaces. In the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences, we would like everyone to feel a real sense of belonging and family. We realise that this is something we will have to nurture over time and with great effort.

This Womxns’ Month we had some really interesting conversations with a few womxn in our Faculty about what belonging means to them, why they think womxn make stronger leaders, how they have managed to cope with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and what their message to fellow colleagues are. Listen to our virtual conversations as we work #TowardsBelonging

04 August 2021

This week we meet Thembakazi Sonwabe, Marketing and Communications Assistant in the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences.

“To me belonging to the Faculty means that women that look and sound like me, women that come from the same background as me, are represented in the Faculty. They are presented in research, academia, as well as support staff across all levels.”

#TowardsBelonging 

#VoicesofFHSWomxn

#WomxnsMonth2021

#UCT

 
   

09 August 2021

This week we chat to Amokelani Mahungu,  a PhD Candidate in the Division of Neurology in the Department of Medicine, UCT Faculty of Health Sciences.

“Many things that can make a woman a stronger leader but to list a few - women are empathetic, they are nurturing, they often take up multiple roles to accommodate everyone, they focus on teamwork and they are good listeners. They can manage crisis well and I believe that women have a high emotional intelligence. They are good at multitasking and, moreover, women are resilient. Considering everything that a woman has to face daily in the world and the fact that women are still able to continue taking up their roles and continue taking care of everybody else, makes women strong leaders , which is why I think we need more women leaders in the world.”

#TowardsBelonging 

#VoicesofFHSWomxn

#WomxnsMonth2021

#UCT

 
   

 


18 August 2021

Dr Natashia Muna wears many hats in our Faculty. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED). She is based at the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences’ Department of Health Science Education where she is the Coordinator of the Faculty’s Writing Lab. She was also recently appointed as Co-Chair of the Transformation and Equity Committee in the Faculty. We spoke to her virtually about how she has managed the challenges of multi-tasking during the pandemic and asked her what resilience means to her.

“Resilience is an interesting word. It means to have the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties or to spring back into shape when distorted. But the truth is that it's not often easy to recover quickly from difficulty or to just spring back into shape when life knocks you around. And the problem is that when we think of things as being resilient, we assume that their recovery as quick and easy, and so we tend to treat those things a little or even a lot less carefully. But we can gain the capacity for resilience by reaching out to one another…”

#TowardsBelonging 

#VoicesofFHSWomxn

#WomxnsMonth2021

#UCT

 
   

 

 


23 August 2021

Meet Dr Nada Abdel Aziz, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology, based at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine. She joined us in a virtual conversation during Womxns’ Month as we explored what being part of UCT Faculty of Health Sciences means to her.

“Being part of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Africa’s top university has added a lot to me - at the personal and professional level. The Faculty of Health Sciences provides a highly international environment, where you get to know people from all over the world, to know different cultures and to build fruitful collaborations and relationships. At the professional level, the Faculty provides world class laboratories and offers a high calibre of scientific discussion that allows you to grow and proceed in your academic career.”

#TowardsBelonging 

#VoicesofFHSWomxn

#WomxnsMonth2021

#UCT

 
   

 

 


31 August 2021

This week we chat to Mosa Lephale, a 3rd year Physiotherapy student at UCT Faculty of Health Sciences.

“A way that the Faculty can help me as a woman is by considering gender, race and relations intersectionally when making decisions and finding solutions to matters that affect them. Not only are we female-embodied students and employees but we are also mothers, we are sisters, we are friends and breadwinners and all of this must be taken into consideration when making decisions that will impact our livelihood. I would like to see more women like myself take up this space and feel represented in the Faculty.”

#TowardsBelonging 

#VoicesofFHSWomxn

#WomxnsMonth2021

#UCT

 
   

 

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