UASA Media Release: 28 October 2021
In Picture: UASA’s new president-elect, Mrs. Patience Mapitsi.
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA’s new president is female and ready to lead.
UASA’s newly elected president, Mrs Patience Mapitsi, who is also the second female president in the union’s history, is ready to lead.
Mapitsi, who joined UASA in 2014 and became a full-time union representative in 2015, is passionate about eradicating the skills development gaps between union representatives and union members in the industries that they are employed in. She advocates for training members so that their skills remain relevant to the ever-escalating changes in the world of work.
Mapitsi wants to see more women empowered and inspired. “Women must work together and empower each other to overcome industry challenges such as gender-based violence (GBV), sexual harassment, and inequality. Achieving equality means women will be able to acquire higher positions and that be afforded fair opportunities to be leaders and advocates for the change that they want.”
She reiterated UASA’s call on government to ratify Convention 190 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) which advocates for the protection of children and women and the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work and at home. “All acts of GBV and harassment must be eradicated. We must protect women and children at all costs,” she said.
Mapitsi encouraged younger members and workers to come forward and become actively involved in union practices to help tackle industry challenges and to come up with sustainable solutions that will benefit the economy in the long run. She said young minds would go a long way towards creating a world where our future is protected, safe and sustainable with enough jobs for all people.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .