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UCT hosts Women’s Day event in honour of women in academia

The theme for this year is 'For Women, By Women'.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele (left), former first lady Graca Machel (centre), and UCT's vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng attend the institution’s special Women’s Day event. Picture: Twitter/@UCT_news.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) held a special Women’s Day event on Wednesday.

The theme for this year is “For Women, By Women”.

The event included former first lady Graca Machel, academic and businesswoman Dr Mamphela Ramphele, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

UCT's vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng outlined her vision of empowering, uplifting and unlocking the full potential of women in academia.

“We need to lose patience along with them. We need to come beside them, and share strategies to respond to these needs. To reverse inequality in a way that will rebuild our country and make it stronger for all people.”

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(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)