Event Name: Launch of Iron Women Cape Town – Celebrating the Strength of Women
Date and Time: Thursday 24 February, 09h00 to 13h00
Venue: The CT Ostrich Farm: Van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia, Cape Town
Contact Information: Catherine Larkin │083 300 0331│ firstname.lastname@example.org
Register at: https://indd.adobe.com/view/786f7c88-6f42-4c0a-9632-9305d60ff458
- Dept. Minister Lydia Chikunga: Department of Transport
- Ralph Koehring – Deputy Mission Director: USAID
- Minister David Maynier – Minister of Department of Economic Development and Tourism: Western Cape Provincial Government
- Nash Omar – Hollard Insure / Broker Markets- Managing Director
- Hein Jordt – Managing Director: Ctrack
- Quinton Roos – Managing Director: TruckLogix Onelogix
- Valentia Hobbs – Marketing & Corporate Affairs Director- Volvo Trucks
- Nelisiwe Baloyi- Standard Bank- Head: VAF Commercial Asset Finance
- Nicci Scott – Founder: Commercial Transport Academy
About the event:
About the Event: Iron Women South Africa is an impactful, socio-economic initiative, funded and supported by USAID, local government and corporate South Africa. It is an ambitious project, intentionally designed to empower 915 women within the transport sector of which 495 will become professional truck or bus drivers through a carefully designed four-six month programme. The progamme takes a holistic view of the needs of women to successfully enter the transport industry and more importantly be retained in full-time employment.
The Iron Women programme aims to upskill women who aspire to be truck or bus drivers, but who do not have access to he financial resources needed to acquire a commercial truck driver’s licence. This programme also assists new and existing drivers who lack confidence to secure employment, through enrolment in an advanced driver training programme, leading to safer roads for all users.
The Iron Women programme is part of the “Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport (WIWLT)” initiative. Championed by the Commercial Transport Academy and supported by the U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Programme will train almost 915 women in the transport industry over the next three years.
Launched in Gauteng last year, the Iron Women programme has now extended its footprint in the Western Cape, focusing on the impoverished/disadvantaged community of Atlantis and Dunoon community in the Western Cape. It provides an empowering opportunity for greater community upliftment as we know that, when women are developed, empowered, and have access to equal employment opportunities, it increases diversity and equal payment opportunities. This gives women the freedom over their own time, lives, and bodies.