Focus on women and world of work during COVID-19

As Women’s Month draws to a close, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a webinar tomorrow, 26 August, focusing on how women strike a balance between work and life during COVID-19.


Themed Women and the Changing Nature of Work, the event will be the first of a series of four, ending in November.  The webinars are being held as the COVID-19 pandemic and budget cuts have made it impossible to hold the South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA) as used to be done annually.


The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way people work, with many people now working from home for the foreseeable future.  


While some studies indicate that the increased flexibility of working from home improved performance, other studies show that employees were happy to return to the office. 


Research also indicates that women are more likely to face challenges and blurred boundaries between work and family domains given the multiple roles they traditionally play.  The webinar will therefore look at how to balance work and family responsibilities.


The webinar will feature previous SAWiSA Tata Africa scholarship winner Dr Mapula Razwinani, who will present a 20-minute talk on her research work and her mentoring of young women and girls in South Africa.  Dr Razwinani is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the Durban University of Technology and a part-time Managing Director at Global Health Biotech.  


Other speakers will be Ms Phinah Kodisang, the CEO of Soul City and Dr Maureen Tong, the CEO of Coach Companion South Africa.


The media are invited as follows:

Date: 26 August 2021

Time: 14:00-16:00


To attend, please register here:


Issued by the Department of Science and Innovation.


For enquiries, please contact Veronica Mohapeloa at 083 400 5750.


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