“A young SA woman has more chance of being raped than learning to read”


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    Tonight CNN news carried a comprehensive report on the young men who raped a young women who according to a previous eNews report may be mentally impaired.  The statistics quoted are “every 26 seconds a women is raped in SA” and  “More than 1 in 3 men in SA admit to committing sexual violence”.

    One of the assessments is that the justice system has failed. That may be so.  However, surely it is our society in totality that has failed.

    We all know our record of violence, expressing personal frustrations and solving problems through violence.  Men apparently believing that they can perpetrate violence against women – or even take their lives. 

    Despite our Constitution recognising rights of equality and dignity, how many do not recognise the equal role of women.

    This is not to excuse the perpetrators, but poorly educated, unemployed youth with too much time on their hands represent a national social problem –  national responsibility.   

    Most of our members are involved in education, training and development. 

    My question then is: what is the role of trainers, educators, material developers, academics in addressing the issue of gender-based violence? 

    HIV/Aids awareness has been integrated into many programmes.  Should issues of the rights and dignity of women now equally be integrated into all education and training? 

     

     

     

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  • Bronwyn Newman

    Dear Melissa

    Thank you for you enquiry. I do understand your concern and misunderstanding in this regard.

    I would like to advise you to contact these following places for further assistance regarding learnships and also to give you an idea on what learnerships is all about.

     

    A learnership is a great way to get a recognised qualification without having to pay thousands of Rands. Because of this many people are very keen to start a learnership.

    Unfortunately starting a learnership is not as easy as filling in a form. Before you can start a learnership there must be a company that can provide you with employment, or at least the opportunity to get the workplace experience necessary for the learnership.

    If you are currently employed you should speak to your company’s Skills Development Facilitator or person responsible for training and ask them if there are opportunities for learnerships with your company.

    If you would like to do a learnership but are currently unemployed there are a number of things you should do.

    Department of Labour
    Contact your local Department of Labour office as they are keeping a database of people who want to go on learnerships. Then when a course is available the employers will know where to recruit learners from. Visit the office and tell them that you would like to register as a Job Seeker. You will fill in a form which lists your interests and skills.

    A learnership is a great way to get a recognised qualification without having to pay thousands of Rands. Because of this many people are very keen to start a learnership.

    Unfortunately starting a learnership is not as easy as filling in a form. Before you can start a learnership there must be a company that can provide you with employment, or at least the opportunity to get the workplace experience necessary for the learnership.

    If you are currently employed you should speak to your company’s Skills Development Facilitator or person responsible for training and ask them if there are opportunities for learnerships with your company.

    If you would like to do a learnership but are currently unemployed there are a number of things you should do.

    Department of Labour
    Contact your local Department of Labour office as they are keeping a database of people who want to go on learnerships. Then when a course is available the employers will know where to recruit learners from. Visit the office and tell them that you would like to register as a Job Seeker. You will fill in a form which lists your interests and skills.

    SAQA has also launched a National Career Advice Helpline.

    086 0111 673

    Email Address: help@nqf.org.za

    http://www.careerhelp.org.za/ as well as  http://www.careerwise.co.za

    You could  contact the relevant Seta

    Merseta on 011 551 5200

    Food and Bev Seta on (011) 253 7300

    Chieta on 0860 244 382  

    Isett on 011 207 2600

    Please go to our new sister site:

    http://www.thecareersportal.co.za

    Click on the Internships tab & then when the headings show below that click on “add your information” & add all your relevant information.

    The site is new but as more members join, more employers will be going to the site to find people for internships & other positions.

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