Khumo Mokheti, the representative of the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has underscored the importance of gender equality to increased productivity and thriving in the workplace.
Mokheti disclosed this at the 2020 D.I.S.C.O for Women Conference organised by the agency in partnership with Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
The event Discussing Issues Surrounding Career Opportunities (D.I.S.C.O) was entitled “Gender Equality in IBEDC”.
Mokheti stated that gender equality and equity has been a subject of debate since the 50s without consensus as to what it means. She however noted that there was an agreement in terms of the basis, which is an absence of discrimination on the basis of gender.
Others are provision of equal opportunities for both male and female while equity is a process, a means to an end in achieving gender parity, a stage of total transformation.
Mokheti said “Equality is a very important aspect at this stage as we are heading towards the fourth industrial revolution.
“We require a different set of skills; the revolution is going to require that we bring all our talent and work together both men and women.”